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WAVERLEY - Yard No 196 - Motor Cabin Cruiser - Unknown Owner - Built 1933


WAVERLEY Ship No 196

The cabin cruiser WAVERLEY at her moorings in this photograph

 sent in by her owners


Owners    No info yet
Registered    London Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Motor Cabin Cruiser Launched    1933
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    35' 0" Weather    
Beam     9' 9" Time to Water    
Depth Mld      4' 2"      
G.R.T.    10 tons      
Engines    One 6 cyl-Perkins Diesel      
Props    1      
Speed    10 Knots      
Other known names        
Current Status   Still in use and moored on the River Trent, England    

Content on WAVERLEY will be added as and when available. 




The WAVERLEY at her moorings on the River Trent 2010



Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.

To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was hoped for a long and successful working life.

The present owners of the cabin cruiser WAVERLEY have very kindly been in touch with the Leith Shipyards website to tell us all that this fine old ship is still going strong more than 85 years since her build at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. They have also kindly sent us in some photographs of her and more will follow.

She has a steel riveted hull with her original teak decks and still some of her original mahogany finishes to her interior, although some of her interior has perished over the years and had to be replaced.

She was moored up on the River Trent in England and this is where her present owners rescued her about 15 years ago and they still use her and look after her.

She has retained a lot of the look that she had when launched all those years ago and is still a beautiful looking example of thip type from the early 1930's.

It is understood that she was registered on the River Thames during the second World War and was requisitioned by the military for use during this time, although along with many other craft of her type it has not been confirmed if she was perhaps part of the "Little ships of Dunkirk" that helped to bring the remains of the British army back from the shores of the Continent after Europe was over run by the German Army.

Perhaps some of our readers may know a bit more about this fine old girl and will let us know more about her long history.



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.








Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.


The Union Flag still flys from the mast of the WAVERLEY



Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.


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