Previous names

  • Byoris
  • Enalios
  • 1935 Sunflower II
Certificate no 1609
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Dartmouth
Vessel type Brown Owl Class
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Silver, James A Ltd, Rosneath
Built in 1935
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
4.98 feet (1.52 m)
Length: Overall
54.23 feet (16.54 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


ARDEOLA is a motor yacht built by James Silver at Rosneath in 1935. She was designed by John Bain as one of the Brown Owl II Class. Her hull is carvel built of teak on oak. She has a pointed bow and a raked straight stem with a cruiser stern. Her one deck has two timber masts for steadying sails only. The current engines are twin inboard Cummins diesels, model 4B3.9, with four cylinders and seventy horsepower. ARDEOLA served in the Second World War with the Royal Navy at Scapa Flow. Her hull underwent major renovation in 1995, along with the stem, three planks and the hoodends. The decks were also re-caulked and refastened.

Key dates

  • 1935

    Launched as Sunflower II  She took the Gold medal in her class at the annual International Cruise to Brussels

  • 1939-1945

    Taken up by the Royal Navy and served as a work/mail boat in Scapa Flow

  • 1946

    Acquired by a Clyde yachtsman and extensively rebuilt by Fairlies Yard of Rosneath

  • 1963

    Acquired by Hughie Green  She was re-engined and fitted with an early Decca Radar

  • 1984

    New owner

  • 1996

    New owner

  • 1996-2011

    Based at Limehouse

  • 2011

    Based on the River Dart

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