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    If the vessel concerned was a 61.5 foot MFV, I can help you, with photographs, plans, etc. In 1945, I sailed a series of such boats built from Cape Town to Durban. The cabin configuration may have been a bit different to comparable vessels built in the UK, but otherwise much the same. They were built at the Cape by Louw and Halvorsen and were then shipped to the Far East Theatre as deck-cargo.
    On two of six trips we ran into huge swells off Cape Aghulas. One of these occasions sticks in my mind because the accompanying trawler was just long enough (175′ or so) to stick her nose into the swells, and shipped a lot of water, whereas the 60 footers behaved splendidly, bumbling up one slope and then down the other just taking a bit of spray. The sails weren’t much help for propulsion, but very helpful in easing their rolling.