Previous names

  • 1938 - 1982 Linnet
  • 1982 Blue Linnet
Certificate no 1952
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Drifter
Location Falmouth
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address


Builder Forbes, J & G Ltd, Sandhaven
Built in 1938
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
18.03 feet (5.50 m)
7.54 feet (2.30 m)
Length: Overall
61.48 feet (18.75 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


BLUE LINNET was built in 1938 by J. & G. Forbes, Sandhaven, for a price of £1500. The herring drifter was commissioned and owned by a co-operative of local fisherman headed by James Webster, with the Caledonian Fishing Company as sponsors. She was registered as a fishing vessel in Banff, under the number BF464, and drifted for herring off the east coast of Scotland. In 1939, BLUE LINNET was requisitioned by the government for duty during the Second World War. THE LINNET, as she was known at that time, performed many local duties, including minesweeping, between Fraserborough and Scapa Flow. James Webster continued to fish with this vessel after the war ended and, in 1948, installed a new Gardner engine which is still in place today. Over the next ten years, Webster bought the shares of the other original owners, until by the late 1950s, there were only three family owners left – himself, his son James, Mr A. Webster and the Caledonian Fishing Company.

THE LINNET went up for sale in 1959 and the three Websters bought out the Caledonian Fishing Company and continued to fish the East Coast of Scotland. She was sold again in 1962 and converted at Burnham-on-Crouch to a private yacht with nine berths. She became a family boat and was later kept in Salcombe where she cruised local waters, as well as making longer trips to France, Spain and the Mediterranean. In 1982, she was renamed BLUE LINNET. Following the death of the owner in 1995, she was sold again and after suffering serious rainwater damage whilst neglected on her Salcombe mooring, extensive work was carried out between 1995 and 1999 to restore her. In 2003, BLUE LINNET cruised all round the UK via the Caledonian Canal and in August of the same year, was filmed in Dublin Bay for an Irish programme called 'Into the Blue'. The vessel has also appeared in an episode of 'Poirot'.

Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Feb 2011.

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built by J G Forbes for use as a fishing vessel registered at Banff

  • 1939

    Requisitioned during the Second World War, used for minesweeping duties

  • 1962

    Converted to a yacht at Burnham on Crouch

  • 1995/1999

    Extensive restoration following sale and years of neglect at Salcombe

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