Sheemaun

Gentleman's Motor Launch built 1935 by Noble & Co, James, Fraserburgh

Designated ensign Designated house flag

1939

Registered


Leisure Craft


Gentleman's Motor Launch

Ramsgate


Private use

Private Use


No

No


20/03/2003

31/10/2012



Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Inboard diesel


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

12.50 feet (3.81 metres)


45.50 feet (13.88 metres)

6.00 feet (1.83 metres)


11.00


History

Built in 1935 by Noble & Co of Fraserburgh, SHEEMAUN is a gentleman’s pleasure yacht. The hull is carvel built of oak frames with pitch pine and larch planking. She is ketch rigged and currently has two Beta Marine Diesel engines installed. In 1939, SHEEMAUN was registered to Lt Cmdr R H Calvert-Link of Hinton Buildings, Southampton, but in the same year she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy. The MOD HM Naval Base Portsmouth have confirmed that SHEEMAUN was assigned to the Thames Auxiliary Pool at Cliffe (North Kent) where it is almost certain that she would have been engaged in 'clandestine duties'.

SHEEMAUN was laid up on 6 November 1945 and then passed to the Department of Sea Transport (Merchant Navy), being sold out of service in 1947. During WWII 'Sheemaun', the Royal Naval History Unit at Portsmouth has confirmed 'Sheemaun' was armed with two Hotchkiss Heavy Machine guns, they were pretty nasty things with a range of 4,500 yards and capable of taking out a light tank or an Eboat!

From 1965 to 1972, SHEEMAUN was registered to T W H Burton Esq. She was then owned by Rear Admiral Gordon Gray CB, DSC from 1972-1981. With his son, Nick Gray, he cruised SHEEMAUN extensively on the South Coast, East Coast, North French Coast, Belgium, Holland, Germany and to the Baltic, including Denmark. In 1981, Lt Cmdr Ian Pearson of Pangbourne Nautical College purchased SHEEMAUN. Ian Pearson cruised SHEEMAUN extensively from Upper Thames - Lower Thames - South East Coast - South Coast - South West Coast - North French Coast - Normandy Coast - Seine to Paris - St Malo - Channel Islands taking over the years many scores of cadets, six at a time, for hands-on sea going experience for a week or more and changing crews wherever there were connecting train, ferry, or bus services.

She was acquired by her present owner in 1987. The vessel had a major refit between 2001 and 2004 but more than 80% of the original vessel was sound and was retained. Since then, SHEEMAUN has featured in picture postcards, on a jigsaw puzzle, in yachting magazine advertisments and is based in Ramsgate Royal Harbour. She took part in the Portsmouth International Fleet Review in 2005 and was invited to the 2008 Brest International Festival of Classic Vessels.

Christian Brann, The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990 Illustration (1989) pub: Collectors Books Ltd
Classic Boat (March Edition 274, 2011) NHS Flagship of the Year/Flag carrier SHEEMAUN
Sarah Sturt, Kent Life (August, 2010) The Brave Little Boat pub: Archant Co UK
H C Bell, Motor Boat & Yachting On the continent with SHEEMAUN - a cruise along German Rivers & Canal (1939)
The Motorboat Illustration - SHEEMAUN, a 1935 Scottish-built cruiser (1935)
Unknown, Yachting World & Motor Boating Journal 2162 (Vol 83, 1935, pp240-241) Editorial feature

Key dates

  1. 1934 Vessel built by G L Watson Co., design no.561
  2. 1941 Registered with the Royal Navy as HMY SHEEMAUN, an armed Thames Estuary Boat based at Cliffe Fort
  3. 1942 Records list SHEEMAUN as an auxiliary patrol boat based at Cliffe Forte, under the Western Defences, Nore Division, commanded by Rear Admiral Scott
  4. 1947 Vessel transferred to the Department of Sea Transport (Merchant Navy) in November
  5. 1951 Poster featuring the vessel in an advertisement by Arthur Bray Ltd World Concessionary to engine manufacturer David Brown Ltd, exhibiting her new 90 hp DB6 Diesel engines
  6. 1975 Listed as a vessel of the Royal Yacht Squadron
  7. 1991 Flagship of Pangbourne Nautical College
  8. 2010 Awarded National Historic Ships' Flagship of the Year.
  9. 2012 Selected to take part in Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Bibliography

    Built in 1935 by Noble & Co of Fraserburgh, SHEEMAUN is a gentleman’s pleasure yacht. The hull is carvel built of oak frames with pitch pine and larch planking. She is ketch rigged and currently has two Beta Marine Diesel engines installed. In 1939, SHEEMAUN was registered to Lt Cmdr R H Calvert-Link of Hinton Buildings, Southampton, but in the same year she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy. The MOD HM Naval Base Portsmouth have confirmed that SHEEMAUN was assigned to the Thames Auxiliary Pool at Cliffe (North Kent) where it is almost certain that she would have been engaged in 'clandestine duties'.

    SHEEMAUN was laid up on 6 November 1945 and then passed to the Department of Sea Transport (Merchant Navy), being sold out of service in 1947. During WWII 'Sheemaun', the Royal Naval History Unit at Portsmouth has confirmed 'Sheemaun' was armed with two Hotchkiss Heavy Machine guns, they were pretty nasty things with a range of 4,500 yards and capable of taking out a light tank or an Eboat!

    From 1965 to 1972, SHEEMAUN was registered to T W H Burton Esq. She was then owned by Rear Admiral Gordon Gray CB, DSC from 1972-1981. With his son, Nick Gray, he cruised SHEEMAUN extensively on the South Coast, East Coast, North French Coast, Belgium, Holland, Germany and to the Baltic, including Denmark. In 1981, Lt Cmdr Ian Pearson of Pangbourne Nautical College purchased SHEEMAUN. Ian Pearson cruised SHEEMAUN extensively from Upper Thames - Lower Thames - South East Coast - South Coast - South West Coast - North French Coast - Normandy Coast - Seine to Paris - St Malo - Channel Islands taking over the years many scores of cadets, six at a time, for hands-on sea going experience for a week or more and changing crews wherever there were connecting train, ferry, or bus services.

    She was acquired by her present owner in 1987. The vessel had a major refit between 2001 and 2004 but more than 80% of the original vessel was sound and was retained. Since then, SHEEMAUN has featured in picture postcards, on a jigsaw puzzle, in yachting magazine advertisments and is based in Ramsgate Royal Harbour. She took part in the Portsmouth International Fleet Review in 2005 and was invited to the 2008 Brest International Festival of Classic Vessels.

    Christian Brann, The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990 Illustration (1989) pub: Collectors Books Ltd
    Classic Boat (March Edition 274, 2011) NHS Flagship of the Year/Flag carrier SHEEMAUN
    Sarah Sturt, Kent Life (August, 2010) The Brave Little Boat pub: Archant Co UK
    H C Bell, Motor Boat & Yachting On the continent with SHEEMAUN - a cruise along German Rivers & Canal (1939)
    The Motorboat Illustration - SHEEMAUN, a 1935 Scottish-built cruiser (1935)
    Unknown, Yachting World & Motor Boating Journal 2162 (Vol 83, 1935, pp240-241) Editorial feature

Grants

  1. 2010 A Project grant of £1,000 for being Flagship Winner 2010 was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ship
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

thole pin:

a single pin or one of a pair rising vertically from the sheer and acting in a variety of ways to provide a fulcrum for the oar