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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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SY VENETIA Yard No 96 Hawthorns and Co Shipbuilders


 The SY VENETIA built in 1903
Owners   F.W.Sykes
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Steam Yacht (Luxury) Launched    April 1903
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall    226' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.     Weather    
Beam    27' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded            
Draught    15' 0"      
G.R.T.    589 tons      
Engines    Steam engine      
Speed    13 Knots      
Other known names   1917-USS VENETIA (SP-431)    
Current Status   Scrapped in 1968    
Content on SY VENETIA will be added as and when available. 

The Steam Yacht VENETIA seen above in a photograph of the builders model

This classic Steam Yacht was a Cox & King Design launched at the Leith Shipyards of Hawthorns & Co at Leith.

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A salty collection of complete building plans for six small cruising boats, including a fantail steam launch (17' or 25'), working tugboat (14' or 20'), supply boat (20'), cruiser (14' or 20'), long-distance-sailing cruiser (14'), or fantail catboat (20'). Among the most popular designs offered by Benford, special effort has been made to reproduce the plans to scale, so that the builder will be able to work easily from the prints in the book.

Ships History
Another classic Ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Hawthorns & Co, Shipbuilders and Engineers, she was a "Luxury Steam Yacht" designed by Cox & King ordered by her first owners F.W.Sykes in 1902
This classic yacht had a very eventful life on the high seas. Included in her history is her time as a U.S.Navy ship re-named as USS VENETIA and credited with the sinking of no less than three (3) U-Boats during hostilities in World War One.
 This steam yacht was built in the old Hawthorns yard on the Water of Leith before the shipbuilders moved to take over the S&H Morton shipyard in 1912
It does showcase the quality of workmanship that the shipyard was capable of doing and this continued when they moved into the new yard.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.
 A wee bit of history showing above as part of an original Mid-Ship Section drawing of the SY VENITIA complete with the Hawthorns stamp on the drawing.
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