Registration number 1976
Status Registered


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


Builder Pragnell, R & Sons Ltd, Eastbourne
Built in 1950
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
13.08 feet (3.99m)
5.11 feet (1.56m)
Length: Overall
48.10 feet (14.67m)
Tonnage: Gross


SOUTHERN QUEEN was built in a barn at Westham village, near Pevensey Castle, by the Pragnell family in 1950. She was taken almost two miles by road to her launching site in Norman’s Bay, approximately four miles east of Eastbourne. She is clinker built and is one of the largest vessels of this construction to survive and still remain in commercial service. She is licensed to carry seventy two passengers, and makes pleasure cruises from Eastbourne to Beachy Head on an annual basis. Ongoing restoration is carried out on her as required.


  • Feb 2024

    The Strategic Developement Fund awarded a grant of £1200 towards 3D scans of Southern Queen and William Allchorn, supported by Winter & Co Marine Ltd

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