Notes by Brian Hadler, March 2004
CARDEN was born in Aldgate, London in 1841. He became
a 'peeler' in London but was forced to retire from
police work due to an injury. He came to Whitstable
and started a marine store business on Island Wall
and also became tenant of the 'Fisherman's Arms'
public house in 1876. In 1890 he had the smack 'Favourite'
built by the Whitstable Shipping Company, which
occupied the site that is now Daniels Court.
foreman shipwright involved in her design and building
was JOHN DYASON who was for many years manager of
Mr Fairbrass' yard which became part of the Whitstable
Shipping Company. He was responsible for many ship
and yacht designs.
most smacks, Favourite was built at the top of the
beach and launched down wooden skids, the permanent
slipways were reserved for the larger vessels being
built and repaired.
the 22nd August 1891 Favourite was first raced in
the Tankerton Regatta under her owner and finished
fifth. Afterwards a challenge was handed out by
the owners of the Vistory, another Whitstable Shipping
Co. smack built the previous year and crewed entirely
by the Victory's owners. Favourite, crewed by her
normal complement, was beaten by half a boat's length
after 20 miles of sailing, finishing at the pier
head in a strong SW wind. Victory had previously
beaten her in the Regatta by 62 seconds over 16
miles. In other races in 1892 and 1897, Favourite
finished 5th and 2nd respectively but her racing
career afterwards is not recorded.