Defender

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Defender
Boat Type: 
Cockle Bawley
Boat Length: 
42ft
Boat Beam: 
12ft
Boat Draft: 
2ft 6ins
Boat Displacement: 
16 tons
Boat Engine: 
Ford 80 Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
Haywood, Leigh-on-Sea
Boat Year: 
1920

Rania

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Rania now Arkian
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
45ft
Boat Beam: 
10ft 3ins
Boat Draft: 
3ft 9ins
Boat Displacement: 
13 tons
Boat Engine: 
2x Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
Rampart, Southampton
Boat Year: 
1937
Member of the Restoration Trust

Rania was built by Rampart Boat Building Works in Southampton who, during the years before the war, acquired an enviable reputation for well built traditional gentlemen's motor yachts, scores of which are still sound fifty years later. These boats were primarily intended for Channel crossings and cruising the extensive European inland waterways. Constructed in pitch pine over oak frames, the interior and wheelhouse of Rania are finished in finest mahogany.

The King

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
The King
Boat Type: 
Thames Passenger Launch
Boat Length: 
81ft
Boat Beam: 
14ft 6ins
Boat Draft: 
5ft 5ins
Boat Displacement: 
40.80 tons
Boat Engine: 
Thornycroft 75 Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Teak on oak
Boat Builder: 
H. Tagg, East Molesey
Boat Year: 
1902
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A year after Queen Victoria died in 1902 the bearded, pleasure loving Prince Edward, Prince of Wales was crowned King Edward VII. As one of the many ways of celebrating this, the end of the 'Victorian Age', Harry Tagg of East Molesey on the river Thames, built an 81ft Hurlingham-style passenger steam-boat, not in iron and steel, but in teak. She was christened The King and became sister ship to The Windsor, owned by Thames Launches Ltd, of Eel Pie Island, Twickenham.

Letitia

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Letitia
Boat Type: 
Motor Sailor
Boat Length: 
30 ft
Boat Beam: 
10 ft 6 ins
Boat Draft: 
5 ft
Boat Displacement: 
7.09 tons
Boat Engine: 
Ford 4D Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, utile on oak
Boat Builder: 
Johnson & Johnson
Boat Year: 
1938

Endeavour

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Endeavour
Boat Type: 
Cockle Bawley
Boat Length: 
34ft
Boat Beam: 
12ft
Boat Draft: 
3ft 6ins
Boat Displacement: 
11.78 tons
Boat Engine: 
Ford 80hp
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
Cole & Wiggens
Boat Year: 
1926
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Endeavour, with skipper F. Hall, was one of the little fleet of Leigh Cockle Bawley boats that set out in convoy at half past midnight on 31st May 1940 for Dunkirk. They went under engine power that night in order to keep in convoy under command of their Naval Lieutenant. They were soon attacked from the air, but the Royal Air Force provided cover for them.

The Endeavour played her full part; -first in embarking soldiers from the beach and then, as the tide went out and threatened to strand them, from the Mole and finally from the inner harbour of Dunkirk.

Angele Aline

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Angele Aline
Boat Type: 
Gaff Ketch
Boat Length: 
55ft
Boat Beam: 
17ft
Boat Draft: 
8ft 6ins
Boat Displacement: 
29.17 Grt
Boat Engine: 
Perkins 6-354 Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, oak on oak
Boat Builder: 
L. Bennay, Fecamp
Boat Year: 
1921
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Resolute

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Resolute
Boat Type: 
Gaff Cutter Bawley
Boat Length: 
36ft
Boat Beam: 
11ft
Boat Draft: 
2ft
Boat Displacement: 
5.88 tons
Boat Engine: 
Kelvin J3
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
Haywards, Southend
Boat Year: 
1927
Member of the Restoration Trust

The cockle fishermen of Leigh-on-Sea on the shallow Northern, Essex shore of the Thames estuary were used to handling their cockle Bawley sailing ships in all weathers and in tricky, shallow waters. For a little extra income - and excitement - they used to crew in the famous J-Class yachts of the gentry during the nineteen-twenties and thirties. It was after four of these racing yachts that the Resolute and her sister ships, the Reliance, Defender and Endeavour were named.

Alusia

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Alusia
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
45ft
Boat Beam: 
10ft 6ins
Boat Draft: 
3ft 7ins
Boat Displacement: 
19.9 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x BMC 2.2L Diesels
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, oak frames
Boat Builder: 
Rampart, Southampton
Boat Year: 
1938
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The nineteen thirties were a time when the well-to-do English middle classes developed elegant leisure pursuits. Mrs. Louisa Alexander had a most comfortable 45-foot motor yacht built and named after her by Rampart Boat Builders, in Southampton in 1938.

Alusia was not only considered luxurious, but extremely innovative. Instead of having access amidships, from the narrow side deck, she was designed to be boarded aft, through the cockpit. From there one conveniently enters the saloon, the tiled galley and heads.

Abdy Beauclerk now St Ita?

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Abdy Beauclerk now St Ita?
Boat Type: 
Lifeboat (Aldeburgh)
Boat Length: 
41ft
Boat Beam: 
12ft 3ins
Boat Draft: 
N/k
Boat Displacement: 
N/k
Boat Engine: 
2 x 35hp AEC Weyburn petrol
Boat Construction: 
Mahogany
Boat Builder: 
J. Samuel White
Boat Year: 
1931
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Like many lifeboats Abdy Beauclerk was paid for by a private legacy. Built in 1931 by J. Samuel White at Cowes, Isle of Wight and named by Prince George (later King George VI), the following May Abdy Beauclerk was stationed at Aldeburgh on the East Coast of England.

Abdy Beauclerk was the first lifeboat to leave its station and arrived at Dover where Able Seaman Charles Strudwick was put in command as coxswain. He had an ordinary seaman and a stoker to look after the two 35hp engines.

Aberdonia

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Aberdonia
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
48ft
Boat Beam: 
11ft 3 ins
Boat Draft: 
4ft 6 ins
Boat Displacement: 
20 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Perkins M65 Diesels
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, teak
Boat Builder: 
Thornycroft
Boat Year: 
1935
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Ships, like people, seem to be divided into those who never budge from the place where they were born, and others, by contrast, which are only happy when they are on the move and sometimes end up at the other end of the world. The working barges of the East Coast of England and the Medway have never gone far from the yards where they were built and the Thames passenger launches and Gentlemen's cruisers of the thirties still carry on in the tradition established in that leisurely age before the clouds of war gathered over Europe and, like their owners were called to serve their country.

Chico

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Chico
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
73ft
Boat Beam: 
16ft
Boat Draft: 
6ft 9ins
Boat Displacement: 
74.90 Grt
Boat Engine: 
2 x Gardner 6LXB Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
J.N. Miller & Son Ltd, Fife
Boat Year: 
1932
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Sir Malcolm Campbell, the holder between 1924 and 1948, of several of the world's land and water speed records, owned three fine yachts in succession and named each of them in turn 'Blue Bird' after his famous record-breaking car.

Monarch

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Monarch
Boat Type: 
Passenger Launch
Boat Length: 
40 ft
Boat Beam: 
13 ft 6 ins
Boat Draft: 
3 ft
Boat Displacement: 
13 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Standard Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
Haywoods, Southend
Boat Year: 
Not known
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Monarch was built in Southend as a shallow draught beach boat and licenced to carry 73 passengers under sail. She was equipped with a 12ft long drop keel and Gaff rig.

During the 1930's two petrol/paraffin engines were fitted to enable her to work on the calmest of days. She would have been in this condition in May 1940.

Nyula previously Betty

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Nyula previously Betty
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
40 ft
Boat Beam: 
9ft 6ins
Boat Draft: 
3ft 6ins
Boat Displacement: 
10.9 Grt
Boat Engine: 
Sole (Mitsubishi) 105 6 cyl 95hp Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Mahogany on oak
Boat Builder: 
Walton Yacht and Launch Works, Shepperton
Boat Year: 
1933
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Nyula (originally “Betty”) was built in 1933, and made her first appearance at the Motor Boat Exhibition at Olympia in October of that year. The Yachting Monthly (November) account reads......

Naiad Errant

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Naiad Errant
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
32 ft
Boat Beam: 
8 ft 3 ins
Boat Draft: 
3 ft
Boat Displacement: 
8 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Perkins 4107 Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Carvel wood
Boat Builder: 
Osborne, Littlehampton
Boat Year: 
1938/39
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Naiad Errant (adventurous water-nymph) was an unusual choice of name for the prototype of William Osborne?s ?Swallow Senior? class. Ralph Nightingale, a Wimbledon solicitor, paid ?1,000 for her. His log shows that from her launch at Littlehampton on the South coast in June 1939 he brought her in three days to Kingston upon Thames. He moored her there at Horace Clarks yard (now Turks? boatyard).

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