6” x 4” sawn oak frames at approx 14” centres in single futtocks with oak cleats spiked on across the futtock butts. Approx 10 tons pig iron ballast with some concrete  midships from new to flush through the fish hold. Frames taken up through the coverboards to form the stanchion posts to carry the 14” bulwark and capping rail. In a first stage of conversion by Weatherheads a steel casing has been built over the mid-ships area approx 2’6” high from the wheel-house forward to the step in the deck. Wheel-house built in the first stage conversion  in angle-iron steel frame clad with plywood. Original small mast in steel with steel supports mounted on the wheel-house roof takes signal flags and arials. Hydraulic pump belt driven off the front end of the engine to power the windlass and the hydraulic auto-pilot.
The midships are, former fish hold, has a floor in loose boards and 6’6” head-room under the steel casing.
Access to the engine room by a steel hatch against the wheel-house aft or through the bulkhead door from the hold. Insulated hot water cylinder with calorifier coil heated from the engine cooling water, plumbing in place to the hand basin forward by the  sea toilet.
Various papers held relating to her fishing days including a photo of the vessel with a torpedo on the deck. Hauled out ashore and under cover between February and April 2012 when the hull was stripped to bare wood, all under water seams raked out and recaulked. It is not often these days we see a largely unconverted Scottish fishing boat for sale – the decommissioning grants saw to that.
This boat needs a lot of work to get her back to sound and fully sea-worthy condition, the major and obvious job being the replacement of the deck and most of the deck beams and stanchion posts. The old Kelvin engine is a beauty and will no doubt run for years with basic maintenance and the hull appears to be tight from below though there are holes in the deck with work in progress.
Midships hatch to the hold approx 6’ x 4’ with heavy timber coamings and steel checker plate lift-off lid fitted with an opening hatchway.
New Lewmar, flush-deck hatch on the port side deck in way of the wheel-house over the heads below. Fore hatch currently removed from rebuild leaving a 2’6” square aperture port side forward. The net and trawl handling gear have been removed from the deck leaving the fish hold and the wheel-house. Fitting out of the hold is nearing completion with 3 sleeping cabins, bathroom with a full sized bath, comfortable seating area, galley with Belfast sink, slate work surfaces, Raeburn and gas cooker. Autopilot Robinson 45 with remote two radar, two VHF, three chartplotters All chartplotters and radars have independent input of each other.
The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed.


This unique vessel was built immediately pre-war as a yacht on the lines of a Scottish fishing boat. The story is that her owner, a retired Naval Commander appears to have anticipated war and the need for boats. In 1947 the vessel was sold to the Bibby family for ?3500 and remained with them usually based in Dartmouth until sold in 1963 to a Mr Buxton who berthed her in Glasson Dock, Lancashire where according to the next owner she suffered some neglect.
The Irving’s farm-house burnt down in 1994 and with it documents relating to the history of the vessel but in a letter Mrs Irving relates some of that history. Inspected in November 2013 and found in tidy and ostensibly sea-worthy condition and very little changed from the original which is a great bonus.
Although evidently a fishing boat design from a fishing boat yard the construction indicates her yacht origins.
Not only is this a fascinating piece of history, she is a very usable vessel of a rare and practical size and ostensibly ready to go to sea. Built by Weatherheads of Cockenzie on the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh in 1938 to a design very typical of the fishing boats this yard was building. The design features the usual Scottish fishing boat rather pointed canoe stern, a long straight keel and straight, raked stem. A contemporary article notes the planking to be larch and pitch-pine and the fastenings as yellow metal and plugged which is very yachty.
Pair of fixed port holes each side in the saloon, port hole to galley and head and each-ride to the aft cabin. This ballast was reported to have been removed, cleaned and painted by the previous owner and certainly appeared very clean.
Coach-roof deck beams over the saloon cabin are varnished and show a very sweet moulding not usually found in fishing boats. It is suspected that the deck under the deck paint is the same timber as the cabin joinery which appears to be pitch-pine or a similar yellow pine with a fine grain and colour. A low bulwark all round the deck is carried on oak stanchion posts which appear to be one of the pairs of frame futtocks extended through the cover-boards in the Scottish manner. Again in the Scottish manner the cover-boards are created by individual blocks of wood between the stanchion posts resting on wooden cleats spiked to the sides of the frames with the outermost deck plank set hard up against the inner face of the stanchion posts thus making stanchion post replacement in case of damage much simpler and cheaper. A forward coach-roof over the saloon cabin and an after coach-roof over the aft cabin both have pitch-pine coamings and T&G pine decking sheathed more recently in grp and painted.
A traditional varnished teak entrance hatch on the fore deck gives independent access for the paid hand in the fore peak cabin. A taller after mast stepped in a galvanised tabernacle on the after coach-roof fitted with bronze sail track and carries a boom with topping lift sheeted to the after peak.
This rig bears a distinct resemblance to the rig shown in original photos published in the magazine article except that the mizzen mast was originally keel stepped and the partners are still seen in the aft coach-roof deckhead.
The masts are oiled, tapered at the head with the top 4’ + trucks painted white and may well be the originals.
Matching doorway on the port side gives access to the wing engine without climbing over the main engine.


The vessel was originally fitted with a Kelvin Ricardo 30hp petrol paraffin main engine and a 30hp Kelvin Ricardo wing engine.
Russell Newbery DM4 4-cyl diesel engine solidly mounted on the centre-line on substantial engine beds with centre-line shaft and conventional stuffing box bearing to a 3-blade prop. Self Changing Gears of Coventry ahead and astern gear-box with 2-lever controls at the helm. The vessel is divided into 5 compartments – an aft cabin, the wheel-house with engine room below, the saloon cabin, the heads and galley area and a fore cabin.
Admiralty “Life-boat” design steering compass under a polished copper hood with original lamp in box on the side. High bulwarks all round on close spaced oak stanchions, heavy capping rail and cavil bar, all painted with painted cover boards. The aft cabin has been very nicely fitted out with a double berth, heads and shower and a wood burning stove. For a better browsing experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser settings and then refresh this page.
She is reputed to have carried secret agents from Scotland across to German –occupied Norway, there is a “secret” compartment where a man could have lain hidden and a fragment of a map of Norway is amongst the papers. For a brief period she had live-aboard owners before coming into present ownership in 2007. The lay-out with an owner’s 2-berth cabin aft, a 2-berth cabin forward for the crew and forward galley and heads and a very pleasant saloon cabin has remained unchanged with all the original joinery.
The use of pitch-pine and noble metal fastenings and the simple but original joinery are all very special features of this vessel. The ballast seen was in the form of a number of iron pigs of approx 100cwt each + a large number of smaller iron items approx cricket ball size but obviously cast for a particular use, possibly associated with a furnace. This little wheel-house, 8’ long, 6’ wide and recessed 2’below deck level sits well in the boat with 6’ head-room under the beams yet still affording excellent visibility. The fwd mast appears to have been originally stepped on deck as at present and designed to be lowered aft as were the rigs of the early Scottish East Coast sailing fishing boats. Interesting pipe-work and valves appears to permit the cooling water to be drawn from either of 2 sea-cocks or the bilge. Perkins 3-cyl diesel (as used in MF tractors) with Borg Warner hydraulic gear-box mounted to port with conventional shaft drive.
Home made in previous ownership grp tanks under each of the fwd cabin berths containing estimated 15 galls each with 12v pressure pump to the galley sink and heads basin.



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