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Any More For Sailing by Mike WilsonBoats of Bridlington

Welcome to our Boats of Bridlington section covering boats both past and present that have formed a part of Bridlington's history. We thank local historian and author Mike Wilson for his help with our Boats of Bridlington section and for documenting much of the content. Mike who has published many books about Bridlington is the author of the immensly popular "Any More For Sailing" which provided a personal look at Bridlington Harbour. If you enjoy our Boats of Bridlington section please show your appreciation for Mike's help in bringing it to you by visiting Mike's personal blog and Bridlington authors page.

Below you will find summaries of the section's content. Simply click on the Read More button to load full information for each item.


  • Three Brothers

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    Three Brothers is a 1912 sailing coble, built by Baker and Percy Siddall, in Bow Street, Bridlington. She is the largest coble currently sailing from Bridlington and in 2013 was comprehensively refurbished by her owners, Bridlington Harbour Commissioners. John Clarkson and Joe Gelsthorpe were the experts responsible for bringing the...


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  • Tillie Morrison, Sheffield

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    Tillie Morrison, Sheffield was named on Saturday, 8th May, 1948, at 3.15pm, by H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent, the President of the Royal National Life-boat Institution. 

    The Lord Middleton, M.C., Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, presided over the event.

    The lifeboat was the gift of  Mr James...


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  • Today's Lifeboat

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    This is Bridlington's lifeboat RNLB Marine Engineer. She was funded by the Institute of Marine Engineers and has served the town since 15th August 1995. She cost £600,000. She is a Mersey class lifeboat, 11.57m long, beam 3.81m, draught 0.95m, and a depth of 1.86m. Her displacement is 13.85...


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  • Seagull

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    The lifeboat Seagull was a gift to the local fishermen from Rev. Y. Lloyd-Graeme of Sewerby Hall. She served the town from 1871 until March 1898. Seagull had been launched into a storm but the waves forced her back into the seawall. Most of the crew were thrown into the...


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  • Britannia

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    Britannia operated from the harbour until at least the mid-1950s. I can remember her being in the harbour when I delivered the boats' posters when I worked at Bridlington Chronicle office from 1952 to 1954. 

    Left to right: Robert Crawford, Ernest "Brannie" Welburn, Harry "Tal" Hopper and Jim...


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  • George and Jane Walker

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    Lifeboat George and Jane Walker leaves Bridlington harbour and heads for the open seas.

    In the picture above lifeboat George and Jane Walker returns to harbour.

    In 1922, an improved motor tractor was introduced to Bridlington's lifeboat service. A procession through the town to the slipway at...


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  • Princess Marina

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    On 24th April 1934, Princess Marina, with Mayor Cllr J. A. Drew at the wheel, sailed into the bay. Princess Marina had arrived in the town six weeks earlier and was Bridlington's latest pleasure boat. With skipper Richard E. Crawford at his side, the Mayor steered the launch into...


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  • Boys' Own

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    Boys' Own leaves the harbour, with Thornwick alongside North Pier.

    Boys' Own arrived in Bridlington in 1938. She had been built by Cook, Welton & Gemmel Ltd., her original owners being J. Newby and Consortium.

    When built she could carry 172 passengers and was powered by twin 88hp Kelvin...


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  • The First Lifeboats

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    From: Brief Sketches descriptive of Bridlington Quay and the most striking Objects of Interest in the Neighbourhood, published at Furby's 'Observer' Offices, King Street, in 1877.Lifeboats are always objects of peculiar interest to a seaport community; and this town, having been for many years, one of the Coast Life-boat Stations,...


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  • Marine Engineer

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    RNLB Marine Engineer came to Bridlington on Sunday, 13th August, 1995, She was a replacement for Peggy and Alex Caird. During 1995 Marine Engineer was placed on permanent station duties at Bridlington, while Peggy and Alex Caird was transferred to standby duties. Marine Engineeer is the twelfth of the...


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  • William Henry & Mary King

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    The William and Henry King was Bridlington's lifeboat between 1967 and 1988. She was built in 1964, one of the Oakley class, O.N.980, 7ft long, with a beam of 11.5ft. Her total weight, including crew and gear, was 12.45 tons. Built in 1964, she cost £33,000, and had a...


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  • Peggy & Alex Caird

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    The Peggy and Alex Caird was a Mersey class lifeboat, and was numbered 12-001. She arrived in Bridlington on 15th December, 1988, and her first service was on 15th January, 1989. This class of lifeboat had a watertight wheelhouse which enabled them to self-right in only six seconds. There...


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  • Bridlington Queen

    Mike Wilson Local Author and Historian

    Bridlington Queen was built at East Molesley, Surrey, in 1947, and started cruising from Bridlington later that year. She was 19.6m long, and weighed 26 tons. She had twin Dorman engines which were later replaced by twin Lister Blackstones. She could carry 146 passengers.On 17th July 1966, Bridlington Queen...


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  • Royal Sovereign

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    This pleasure boat of Bridlington is said to have arrived within a few days of my own arrival, in early May 1936. The Royal Sovereign was acquired by the local fishermen who owned Princess Marina.Built in Southend only seven years earlier, the vessel had carried up to 280...


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  • Bridlington Dredger

    Mike Wilson Local Author and Historian

    Bridlington's dredger, Gypsey Race, was built in 1940 for Southend-on-Sea County Borough as the Prittlewell. During the war, she is likely to have kept the channels clear to the Thames Forts.She became the Essex Lady in 1971 for Tartan Arrow Marine, then being acquired by Bridlington Harbour Commissioners in...


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  • Paddle Steamer Frenchman

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    Very early last century, a popular paddle steamer in Bridlington was Frenchman. She was built in 1892 as Couquet in South Shields by J. P. Reynoldson for H. Andrews of Newcastle. In 1899 she was owned by United Towing Co. of Hull and renamed Frenchman.

    From 1899 she began...


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  • Thornwick

    Mike Wilson Local Author and Historian

    Thornwick arrived in Bridlington harbour on Saturday, 26th June, 1948, having been launched the previous December. She was built at Scarrs Yard in Howdendyke for Col. A. Butler of Leeds. She replaced Royal Sovereign, sunk during the war, and Princess Marina, sold to Whitby, both boats being owned by Col....


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  • Yorkshireman

    Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

    The Yorkshireman arrived in Bridlington harbour on Saturday, 26th May, 1928, and was ready for service the following day. She had been built by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited, on the Humber.Her official number was 160 104, and her main dimensions were 120 x 27.1 x 8.7 feet (36.92...


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