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Naval pinnace abandoned in north Devon!

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Printed Date: 27 January 2021 at 11:33pm

Topic: Naval pinnace abandoned in north Devon!
Posted By: Paul Eedle
Subject: Naval pinnace abandoned in north Devon!
Date Posted: 03 September 2020 at 11:01am
Does anyone know anything about this naval pinnace which I found abandoned behind a shed in a north Devon village? The name on her transom is Restless Sea.

She has beautiful double diagonal hull planking, a dog house with large glass windows, and a saloon which looks like it could host a banquet for 20. The rain has filled her with water but it's not running out so her hull might still be sound. Locals say she was abandoned after some disagreement over insurance but I haven't been able to find out anything about her.

Paul Eedle

Posted By: Paul Eedle
Date Posted: 04 September 2020 at 10:57am
Phil Simons has kindly provided the following information to solve the mystery. Would anyone be interested in joining a rescue effort?

I do know of Restless Seas, she was afloat and moored on the Hamble 5/94, 6/96, 5/98. And at the Ferry B.Y. 8/02 (not sure where that was.)


She is a 52ft 6” Steam Pinnace built by Rowhedge Ironworks Co Ltd, Rowhedge in 1919 but we don’t know her Admiralty number.


Her official number is 301248, Dimensions 52½ft-oa x 12½ft-beam x 5ft-draft.  34grt. In 1965 she had a 6cyl Perkins diesel 96bhp, built 1964.


At this time she was rigged as an auxiliary ketch, carrying 750sqft of sail (by Windward, 1961)


Her owner in 1963 - 1968 was D.V. Iles of 8 Downhall Road, Rayleigh, Essex  (this I when she first appears in The Yacht Registers) Registered London, Homeport Westcliff-on-Sea

By 1970 - 1973 owned by A.G. Bryson of 33 Cubbington Road, Leamington Spa, Warwicks. Registered London, Homeport, Burnham on Crouch. 

Out of Register from 1974.

Paul Eedle

Posted By: jimmyp2
Date Posted: 05 November 2020 at 12:39am
If anyone interested then best bet is keep it simple and talk to the landowner where she dumped. If no groundrent been paid for a few years then could probably be had for cost of scrap brass on her unless the farmer sympathetic and says take it. either way get a reciept! 
 Any contact details? a livaboard in my mates barn is better than a bonfire and much cheaper than working on them in a marina

tried to idiot proof...they had me outnumbered

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