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Firefly was a steam powered paddle dredger built by William Stebbings for Spencer Addison’s oyster business. Work commenced January 5th 1882; she was launched July 1st 1882; and had her steam trial August 1st 1882. Length on keel 29’6″. Length … Continue reading

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The pictures above show work being undertaken by Stebbings on the William Fife designed Vanity – a 12 metre class yacht built in 1923. Originally owned by J.R. Payne, Vanity was raced around the east coast and at Cowes. She … Continue reading

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More People at Stebbings

Here are some pictures of people from Stebbings. If you recognise anyone – or you recognise yourself! – please leave a reply/comment at the bottom of the page, or e-mail me at . Very many thanks.

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People at Stebbings

I’ve got a number of photos that include pictures of the people that worked at Stebbings over the years. Many of the images are rather grainy and people’s faces aren’t always clear. I have no idea who the majority of … Continue reading

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Burong Chamar III

Burong Chamar III was an Alan Buchanan Albatross class ketch built by Stebbings in 1961. For some time her home port was out in Malaysia. Thank you to Barbara for letting me know what happened next. After the death of … Continue reading

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The motor cruiser Warana was designed by Alan Buchanan for Sir Kirby Laing. The client wanted a motor yacht with god sea keeping ability, capable of extended cruising in fairly open water. The accommodation was to consist of a stateroom … Continue reading

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Flum II

Flum II was designed for Sir John Holder, Baronet, by Laurent Giles and Partners. Required to be a cruising boat, the design drew on ideas from Giles’ previous projects, including Wapipi and Myth of Malham‘s light displacement hull. In Sir … Continue reading

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Motor cruiser Sonbar was built by Stebbings in 1947 to a design by J.H. Hardman. LOA is 33.6′; beam is 10.2′; and draft is 3′. She still has her original twin Ford Parsons D80 4-cylinder diesels. Stebbings built a number … Continue reading

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Originally named Pelagos, Floray was designed by Alan Buchanan, and her measurements suggest she’s an example of Buchanan’s Bonito class, although I’m not certain of this. She was built in 1963 and was raced by Ted Dallimore for a time. … Continue reading

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Alan Buchanan Yacht Plans

Following the death of Alan Buchanan, his collection of yacht plans and drawings have been passed to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for entry into their archive. The update below describes progress as of April 2016, Rolls of plans are … Continue reading

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