Boat List

At the moment this is not a definitive list of all the boats built at Stebbings. These are just the ones I have found out about so far. If you know of others, please do post a comment with a few details and I’ll add them. Similarly, if you spot any errors, please let me know and I’ll correct them.

Year Class Name Notes
1871 smack? Hornet Gaff rigged working boat (probably an oyster smack), built for Mr L Sweeting. 26′ stem to stern.
1871 yacht Dryad Yacht built for Mr Spencer Addison. 32′ stem to stern.
1873 yacht Beryle Yacht, raced, built for Mr Spencer Addison. 44′ stem to stern and 18 tons.
1874 smack Wasp Oyster smack built for Mr Spencer Addison. 25′ stem to stern and 10 tons.
1875 smack Mayfly Oyster smack built for Mr Spencer Addison. 28′ stem to stern. Still sailing on the River Blackwater.
1878 smack Grebe Oyster smack built for Mr Spencer Addison. 28′ stem to stern and 11 tons.
1878 steam Sea Swallow Steam yacht built for Mr Spencer Addison. Originally 43′ stem to stern, later 50′. Relocated to the Falkland Islands.
1879 steam Spitfire Steam smack built for Mr Spencer Addison. 37′ stem to stern, and 13 tons.
1881 smack Plover Smack built for Mr Spencer Addison. 32′ along keel.
1882 steam Firefly Steam smack built for Mr Spencer Addison. 33′ overall.
1891 Linnet 20′ centre-keel open boat. Used to convey men to and from Mrs Addison’s oyster grounds in the Roach.
1903 bawley Gladoris 7-ton bawley built for Mr Vanner..
1925 Grey Friar Designed by Norman Dallimore. 6-ton. Initial construction probably undertaken by Cole & sons, Maldon.
1945 (ketch) Jumbo 7-ton.
1946 M/cruiser Amaroo Length 33′; 2 diesel inboard engines. Designed by Hardman. Currently registered with the Broads Authority.
1946 M/cruiser Boheme Length 35′; 2 diesel inboard engines. Designed by Hardman. Current at Sharpness Marina.
1946 M/cruiser Crest 2 diesel inboard engines. In 2011 was ashore in Swansea in need of restoration.
1946 M/cruiser Mirabelle Designed by Hardman. 2 diesel inboard engines.
1947 M/cruiser Lillian May Length 10m.
1947 M/cruiser Florizanne Designed by Hardman.
1947 M/cruiser Sonbar Length 10m; 2 diesel inboard engines. Currently registered with EA Southern Region
1947 M/cruiser Zena Length probably 28′; single inboard engine. Lifeboat conversion. Exact year built unknown. Later renamed Roxana. Was kept at Banks Boat Yard, Stanstead Abbots, on the River Lea from the mid-1950’s to early 1960’s.
1948 M/cruiser Petan Twin Rolls Royce engines.
1948 (cutter) Mokoia Designed by Arthur C. Robb. Sail number 419C. On the Clyde for many years, but nowadays to be found in Sydney, Australia.
1948 (sloop) Restive Designed and for many years owned by Nigel Warington-Smyth OBE. Recently spotted in Canada (2013).
1949 (sloop) Doralind Designed by Norman E. Dallimore. LOA: 22′
1949 (cutter) Lydiette Designed by Arthur C. Robb. LOA: 39.8′. Int. Rating 8m.
1950 M/cruiser Vacation Twin screw.
1950 Vertue Aldyth Sail number V033. Location: Port Madison Bay, North of Bainbridge Island Washington State, USA. More …
1950 Lion Buttercup Royal Designed by Arthur C. Robb.
1950 Lion Cloetta Designed by Arthur C. Robb. Sail number 665.
1951 (sloop) Flum II Designed by Laurent Giles and Partners. Sail number 837.
1951 Vertue Virtue Fidelis Designed by Laurant Giles and Partners. Original sail number 22Y. Originally named Festival Vertue and shown at the Festival of Britain in 1951. Still sailing out of the Tamar.
1952 (sloop) Branklet Designed by Norman Dallimore. 4-ton.
1952 (ketch) Kingcup Designed by Arthur C. Robb. Later converted to sloop rig. Still sailing, out of Port de Sitges, Catalonia, Spain.
1953 Roach Designed by Norman E. Dallimore. 4-ton. More …
1953 Scow Branklet Sail number 13. Sailing Burnham-on-Crouch.
1953 Scow Seamew Sail number 230. Restored 2009/10. Sailing Burnham-on-Crouch.
1954 Scow Clemency Sail number 238. Little known of early years, but now in South Africa.
1954 Scow Golden Otter Sail number 239. Based on the South Coat at West Wittering.
1954 Scow Tofino Sail number 242. Was based Newport, IoW. Sold on e-Bay 2015. Built by Bill Stebbings, I think.
1954 Scow Halftide Sail number 243. Originally named Chittabob. Whereabouts unknown.
1954 Burnham sloop Souris Designed by Norman Dallimore. 4-ton. Built for the Blackwater Yacht Charters Ltd of Maldon.
1954 (sloop) Holliwell 8-ton.
1956 Lion Trinket Designed by Arthur C. Robb.
1956 (sloop) Corus Designed by Alan Buchanan. Sail number 177. Built for Maurice Laing (later Sir Maurice).
1956 (sloop) Carousel Designed by Alan Buchanan. 30′ LOA. Built for David Garrett. Teak from the waterline down and mahogany from the waterline up. Might be in Peurto Rico. Photo of half-model.
1956 (sloop) Sabrina Fair Designed by C.A. Nicholson.
1956 Scow BEEJAY Sail number 244. Built by Harry Stebbings for his daughters Brenda and Jean. Possibly at Wallasea.
1957 Yeoman Junior Powder Monkey Designed by Alan Buchanan. Sail number 99Y.
1957 Yeoman Junior Vanity Fair Designed by Alan Buchanan. Sail number 94Y. Sailing from Brighton.
1958 Brabant Maid of Alderney Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1054.
1958 Kookaburra Motor cruiser designed by Alan Buchanan. Started by Sabberton Bros. of Wroxham and finished by Stebbings. Renamed Lady Florrie, then Salena.
1959 Brabant Mako of Burnham Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number ?. Entered 1961 Fastnet Race, but did not finish. Currently sailing out of Heybridge Basin.
1959 Brabant Marcasite Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1145.
1960 (sloop) Blue Tango Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1017.
1960 Brabant Jonelle Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1181. Was based at Lymington Yacht Haven between 1975 and 1982, then possibly moved to Eling.
1960 Albatross Ceol Mara Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1185. Exhibited at 1960 London Boat Show.
1960 Brabant Fleur des Iles Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1710. Renamed Mirfak. Originally sailed out of Jersey and raced in several Cowes-Dinard. Home port now Sydney, Australia.
1960 Brabant Gay Lucille Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1186.
1960 Brabant Gitana of La Guaira Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1930.
1960 Brabant Seaswell Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1709.
1961 Crystal Cape Albacore Designed by Alan Buchanan. Originally bought by General Sir Peter de la Billiere and sailed to Aden.
1961 Crystal Crystal Wake Designed by Alan Buchanan. Recently refurbished and sailing out of Barry, Wales.
196? Crystal Tiptoe Sail number 41. Not sure if this was the original name. Possibly on the Crouch, captured on KTL.
1961 Albatross Burong Chamar III Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. 1968 Lloyds has her in Malaysia.
1961 Brabant Keren Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1770.
1961 Albatross Miskin Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. 1968 Lloyds has her named as Tropic Moon and sailing out of Grenada in the Windward Islands. Some history from 1978 to 1992, by Jean Baardsen.
1961 Bonito Pineapple Poll Designed by Alan Buchanan. Wooden hull from French Bros., Battlesbridge. Destroyed by fire, N. Fambridge, 1969/70.
1961 (sloop) Shimoni Designed by Alan Buchanan.
1962 Crystal Fracas The fifth Crystal, built for a Professor Swann.
1962 Albatross Gay Gallivanter Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull.
1962 Brabant Leto Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull.
1962 Brabant Niandra Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1173.
1962 Bonito Patiki Currently on sale in Whitehaven (Sep-2010). Sail number 1850.
1962? Bonito Sarda of Burnham Has spent most of her life in Australia. Currently sailing from Mornington, Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia.
1962 Bonito South’ard Designed by Alan Buchanan. Hull from Seamaster.
1962 Bonito Star Beam Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull. Sail number 255Y. Currently ashore beside the Hamble.
1962 Brabant Tegerin Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 1858. Photos.
1962 Bonito Toku Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull by Seamaster. Sail number 864.
1962 Holliwell Designed by Alan Buchanan. Example …
1962? Diamond Ace of Diamonds Designed by Alan Buchanan. First example of Diamond class, actually built by French Bros., Battlesbridge. Sail number 1. Photo.
1963 Diamond Ellen Designed by Alan Buchanan. Sail number 3. Still sailing, in the Bristol Channel.
1963 (sloop) Gunfleet Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull from Seamasters. Sail number 105. Entered the 1963 Fastnet Race, but did not finish.
1963 Diamond Hastings Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull from Power Marine. Sail number 1066. Original name Double Diamond. Sailing out of Bandol, France
1963 Bonito Pelagos Designed by Alan Buchanan. Seamaster GRP hull. Sail number 1983. Originally raced by Ted Dallimore. Renamed Floray. Sails out of Tollesbury.
1963 Bonito Cyprinus Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull by Seamaster. Sail number 1933. Originally owned and raced by Rodney Hill. Sold in 1964 to an owner in Chicago, USA.
1963 Bonito Su Lin Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull by Seamaster. Sail number 2242.
1964 Crystal GooseBay Sail number 31, triple keel. Sailing out of Brandy Hole, River Crouch.
1964 (sloop) Blue Dolphin Designed by Alan Buchanan. Based on Seamaster GRP hull. Sail number 24.
1964 M/cruiser Warana Designed by Alan Buchanan. 46′ LOA. Owned by Sir Kirby Laing.
1963 Diamond Summer’s Song Sail number 4. Currently ashore somewhere in the Humber area (Autumn 2015). For sale.
1964 Diamond Lil of Bargander Sail number 5. Raced at Cowes Week 1965. Originally owned by Len Wakefield of Thames Structural Plastics. Name changed to Cabaret. Once owned by Dame Ellen MacArthur’s aunt, and the first boat Dame Ellen sailed in, aged 4. Nowadays sailing on the Thames.
1965 Diamond Patience Originally named Tiara. On completion she was sailed by her owner to the Clyde, where she has remained. Sail number 1858C. Photos here.
1966 Diamond Solitaire Currently sailing out of Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland.
1966 Diamond Magyar of Burnham Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull from Thames Structural Plastics. Unusual 6-berth layout.
1966 (sloop) Shorelark Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull from Seamaster. Sail number 685Y.
1966 (sloop) Clapper Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 475C. Renamed Brave Heart.
1966 (ketch) Moshulu II Designed by Alan Buchanan. Steel hull. Sail number 383Y. Renamed Sagittarius. Sailing in the Aegean.
1967 Bonito Silwen Designed by Alan Buchanan. GRP hull from Seamaster. Sail number 2156. Completed by Priors. Renamed Cassis

19 Responses to Boat List

  1. wilfred w burton says:

    I was so supprised to see FLUM 11 on your list , I took photos of her launching. when the crane
    broke off the ground and the boom broke in half , leaving 2 ton top half laying at an angle from
    the top plank stbd side to one plank above the water line port side, also there were two 3 inch
    steel rods still fixed to the crane body now bent over FLUM 11 holding her tight to the keyside
    like a giant claw.

  2. steve says:

    Hi as the owner off magyar of burnham i would like some information on her ie the sail number as the one I have on the last owner thinks its not for her but it does have the diamond logo on the number is 457Y can anyone enlighten me thanks.

    • Hi Steve,

      I don’t have any details of Magyar’s sail number I’m afraid. It’s not mentioned in the 1968 edition of Lloyd’s Register of Yachts. If I ever do come across it I’ll let you know.

      Regards,
      Pete

  3. Tim Dixon says:

    The Bonito 35 “Sarda of Burnham” is moored at Mornington, Victoria, Australia. She is in excellent condition and is very similar to “Cassis” although does not have the same small doghouse. Her interior is very similar. She was brought to Australia by George Fox and competed in the 1963 Sydney to Hobart race. In about 1965 she was brought to Mornington by Harry and Murray Barnett who raced her successfully on Port Phillip Bay for more than a decade. I spent some enjoyable times crewing on her in the 60s. She is now owned by James Parker of the Mornington Yacht Club. Once the pride of the fleet, she now rarely races but still cruises gracefully like the lady she is. She is reputed to have been the first GRP yacht in Australia. Her original marinized four cylinder Ford engine was replaced with a diesel and her hull surface has been renovated. I do not presently have access to her details but James could be contacted through Mornington Yacht Club: http://www.morningtonyc.yachting.org.au/

  4. Steven Ayres says:

    Hi I am the new owner of Magyar of Burnham does anyone know if she was the last Diamond 2 to be built thank you.

  5. Jeremy Burnett says:

    I am the owner of Cassis ex Silwen, being the last boat on the building list.She is a Buchanan Bonito. I had thought she was finished by Priors, her blue book says Stebbings and Priors.The upper parts of the boat ie. cabin etc are wood.The interior has recently been refitted.She is a beautiful boat to sail.

    • Barrie Clark says:

      I took a photo of Cassis passing Black Rock beacon, Falmouth, in June 2013. Still looking good!
      Barrie Clark

  6. David J. Girling says:

    KINGCUP: I am the present owner of this lovely boat which is berthed at Aigua Dolce – Port de Sitges, Catalonia, Spain. She remains Registered at Cowes, IOW. I will relate what I know. Designed by Arthur Robb before he gained fame as a designer for Cheoy Lee, she was originally owned by a lady teacher and came with her to Spain a few decades ago. The 36hp Perkins Diesel is 1964 and I was told the boat was apparently lengthened by about 3ft around then.
    Dimensions are LOA: 12.0m (39’4″0), LWL: 11.0m (36’1″), Beam: 3.1m (10’3″), Draft: 1.5m (4’11”),Headroom: 1.9m (6’3″).
    Kingcup’s hull is painted Amarillo or Kingcup Yellow above the waterline and a nifty blue anti-fouling below.
    I do have Pictures and more info should anyone be interested.
    David Girling

  7. jon heward says:

    hello,just seen site and read some comments ,we have two stebbings on our site one called amaroo…which yuo no of already the other i rescued some time back known to us as belle air rose,same as roo but with longer wheel house and no rear well on land at present with twin diesels.she needs new owner to build her again……………

    i will send pics of roo from last year when we put some planks in her and the pics of us rescue belle air and her journey,great site well done yuo .

    regards jon wms ltd

    full working boat yard

    we love wooden boats..

    • pete_shep says:

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I am very interested to hear about Belle Air Rose, are there any registration letters carved anywhere? I don’t recognise her name, but she may be one of the boats originally built as Florizanne (181968), Mirabelle (181592) or Petan (181967).

      Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

      Regards,
      Pete Shepherd

  8. Mike Bond says:

    My father owns “Crest”. She has been in our family for about forty years and has been lying ashore at Swansea for the past two.

    I originally lifted her out with the intention of antifouling her and giving her a fresh coat of paint. Weather conspired against me for the first couple of months and then my mother became seriously ill which meant I was travelling from Swansea (where I am based) to the Midlands on every day off that I had for about 9 months. I now have a young family and simply don’t have the time to take on the task.

    Two years ashore in the elements have taken their toll on “Crest”. She now either needs to go to a committed enthusiast or be dismantled.

    My father would rather see her go to a good home than be dismantled. She would be given to the right person free of charge. If anyone is interested in her, please feel free to email me at michael.a.j.bond@btinternet.com

  9. Ken Layzell says:

    And another !

    Just recalled – Cyprinus – bonito .

    owned 1963 by East Coast racing man Rodney Hill.He gained notoriety for relaying calls during 79 Fastnet Race from his yacht Morningtown

    • pete_shep says:

      Thanks Ken! I had wondered about Cyprinus and couldn’t decide if she was fitted out by Stebbings or Priors. She doesn’t appear in my Lloyd’s Register (1968), but I have a couple of nice photos of her in the 1963 Cowes – Dinard race. I see that Rodney Hill won the EAORA Barnard Cup with her in 1963.

  10. Ken Layzell says:

    Pineapple Poll, named after a character in opera.I can cleary remember her sailing up to Fambridge from Burnham on the day she was launched.

    She was a joy to sail.

    Sadly completely destroyed by fire whilst wintering ashore in the main shed at North Fambridge April 1970 (or 1969)

    Her backbone was bulldozed into a nearby ditch and buried.

  11. Reuben says:

    Hello I’m the owner of Ellen, still sailing in the Bristol Channel – a beautiful craft and a lovely motion in the (sometimes) entertaining waters around where we sail.

    She was re-engined back in 1991 (I believe) with a Volvo MDB1 (still going strong) and had a lot ow work carried out by a previous owner (mainly cockpit / rigging etc.) for an extended cruise.

    A lovely craft and a joy to sail!

  12. Bob Kemp says:

    I’m the owner of ‘Virtue Fidelis’, at present ashore near Saltash, Cornwall. She’s having her 60th. birthday refit and will be back in the Tamar at the end of May. She’s much the same as she was, although there have been few alterations in the cabin. New keelbolts last winter, new chainplates and standing rigging this year will ensure that she’s got many years still ahead of her. Mr. Stebbings did a good job!

  13. Philip Fawcett says:

    I am the present owner of Mako of Burnham,she is kept at Heybridge Basin Essex.She is in good condition and sails well,i would be interested hearing from anyone how knows her.Phil

    • Robert Bennett says:

      Philip,

      Hi, we saw your message and wandered whether you could help us. We are looking at purchasing a 31ft Brabant class, but know nothing about these boats. Please could you share any knowledge or advice with us.

      Thankyou

      Robert Bennett

      • Ray Andrews says:

        HI Robert just saw your letter on website.I own Jonelle, and have done for the last 35years. I would only be too pleased to impart any information on this beautiful class of yacht if you are interested.

        Regards

        Ray

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