Members Boats

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A classic Westerley Seahawk, one of our regular supporting boats and crew.
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Believed to be a Crossfield's boat.
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Built in 1912 by William Anderson of Millom near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
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Sail No. Liverpool LL1. Built 1902 by Armours of Fleetwood. Subject of a TV documentary as she had sunk in the mud on the River Wyre, Fleetwood.
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Bonita (ex Helen) built in 1888, as a yacht she has a fiddle bow instead of the spoon bow that Crossfields gave to their working boats.
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Sail No. Chester CH10. Built 1930 Limit Motor Boat Company.
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Sail No. Chester RM7
Built 1908 Crossfields
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19ft Cornish Shrimper, built 1987.
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Built by Armours of Fleetwood.
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Built 1928 Crossfields. In the last stages of restoration (2018), she has had the coach house removed and painted in the colour white.
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Hearts of OakHEARTS OF OAK
Built at Ulverston in 1912 by Dan Mc Lester who was the last apprentice shipwright at the famous schooner yard, Whites at Barrow.
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A GRP replica taken from the mould by Eric Bergquvist.
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Built Crossfields for their own use. Although bearing a registered sail number there is no known history of her actually fishing.
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Master Frank, a traditional long liner, was lovingly restored by her owner himself in the 1990s.

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New family owners (2021) are intent on putting her back to her former glory.
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Built in 1992. Meander is 38' OD, 49’ LOA. Her hull design is based on American North East Coast working vessels.
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Built by William Crossfield in Arnside in 1910. In 1988 she was sold in Italy, and underwent a major restoration.

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Built in 1894 by Gibsons of Fleetwood.

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A Royal Mersey Restricted Class. Built 1913 by Samuel Bonds & Sons on the Mersey.

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The Associations Nobby. A GRP replica taken from the mould by Eric Bergquvist.
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28ft long built by W.Stoba when at J.Gibson and son , Fleetwood 1890.
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She's a Heard 28 built as a cruiser by Martin Heard in 1991/2. The hull is glass fibre but cabin deck and spars are all wood. She is 28ft plus 11ft bowsprit.

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Sail No. Liverpool LL78.
Built by the Wright Brothers
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Since this picture was taken Speedwell is undergoing a rebuild.
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Built-in 1896 by Crossfields of Arnside.
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Tir na n'OgTIR NA n'OG
A Heard 28 belonging to Sean Walsh of Dublin.

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'Venture' is a GRP replica of a Morecambe Bay Prawner named 'Sir William Priestley'.
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8 thoughts on “Members Boats

  1. Ron Wilson

    Greetings from Maritime Canada
    I owned a nobby in the mid 1950s based at West Kirby in Cheshire. She was built in Morecambe in 1908. I refurbished her with new sails main & 2 jibs plus a second hand diesel engine, much better than the old Kelvin. I sold her to a Sailing school in south eastern UK - just wondered if she is still afloat

    Saint John, New Brunswick

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    Hi Nobby, thanks for the reply. She was called 'PEGGY' and well known on the Dee estuary and Liverpool Bay. I used her for social use as well as was a member of West Kirby Sailing Club from the late 1940s until early 1980s when I emigrated here. At present have an old 65ft wooden ex-sardine carrier that keeps me occupied. My wife calls it my 'mistress' no idea why !

  3. Samantha

    I was just wondering if anyone remembered my Dad, Gordon Armitage. He had Helen III, he sailed her to the Isle of Skye in 1985. Prior to this he was a shrimp fisherman, living in Neston. He loved this boat and I have very happy memories as a child on her.

  4. Dave Jones

    Anyone know the whereabouts of CO126 (Caernarfon) she used to be owned by my late Grandfather William Gould of Pwllheli?

  5. Peter Steer

    As we get older thoughts to return to those glorious days of youth! Two of us sailed the nobby Camellia (AB41) out of New Quay, Cards. in the summer of 1958 long line mackerel fishing. It was said she had been built in the late 1800s.

    Boats have personalities and the Cam was no exception. You felt safe in her and no matter what stupid things you did she looked after you. Those were the days when you went to sea in winds rising force 8 with no flotation gear, no radio and the one time we thought we might need the distress flares they were eventually found in the most inaccessible place in the boat and 5 years out of date! Learnt about Health and Safety very quickly! I heard that she had been sold to a private owner and converted for recreational purposes but know no more.

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