Certificate no 1975
Status Registered


Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Excursion
Location Eastbourne
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No


Builder Cantell & Sons, Newhaven
Built in 1950
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
16.07 feet (4.90 m)
4.98 feet (1.52 m)
Length: Overall
50.16 feet (15.30 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


WILLIAM ALLCHORN was a purpose built pleasure boat, commissioned by the Allchorn Brothers of Newhaven, East Sussex, in 1950 and funded by the Ministry of Defence Compensation Fund as recompense for ENCHANTRESS, lost during the Dunkirk evacuation. WILLIAM ALLCHORN is constructed of wood using double-diagonal planking, and is almost certainly the largest beach-launched pleasure boat still in service. She is licensed to carry one hundred passengers and continues to ply her pleasure cruising trade from Eastbourne to Beachy Head each summer season.

Key dates

  • 1950

    Purpose built by Cantell and Sons in Newhaven for Allchorn Brothers 

  • 2004

    Vessel plying pleasure cruising trade from Eastbourne to Beachy Head 

  • 2004

    Vessel owned by Christopher Laycock until May 2007

  • 2007

    Sold to current owner Allchorn Pleasure Boats, Eastbourne 

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