Certificate no 1386
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Location Derwen
Vessel type Morecambe Bay Prawner
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Crossfield, William & Sons, Arnside
Built in 1906
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.20 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


ALBION is a Morecambe Bay prawner or Nobby, built in 1906 by Crossfield of Arnside, Liverpool. She fished out of New Brighton until 1940 under the ownership of John Wright. She is carvel built of pitch pine planking on oak frames and has one timber mast rigged as a gaff cutter. The vessel was built with no engine and was first engined in 1925/6; she now has a Thornycroft 4 cylinder diesel engine. In the 1990s, her mast, bowsprit, running and standing rigging, sails, engine, cabin and her keel were all renewed - she won her class racing in 1994 and 1996-98.


Classic Boat, Nobby that went up a mountain, pp83, May 2012 

Key dates

  • 1906

    Built by William & Sons Crossfield, Arnside

  • 1925


  • 1990

    Vessel restored

  • 2011

    Beached at Conwy

  • 2012

    Vessel moved to Derwen for futehr restoration

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