Previous names

  • 1923 - 1926 La Falaise
  • 1926 - 1949 Caretta
Certificate no 1989
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Location Weybridge
Vessel type Postal Boat
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Robertson & Sons, Alex, Sandbanks
Built in 1923
Hull material
Rig Gaff - Other
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.60 feet (3.54 m)
4.60 feet (1.40 m)
Length: Overall
55.00 feet (16.78 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


This vessel was built by A Robinson to a private order in January 1923. She operated under the name LA FALAISE and, upon being bought by the post office, was re-named CARETTA. As such, she was used to ferry post and parcels to the Shetland Isles and there is evidence to suggest that she was also employed for clandestine purposes in northern waters. During the war, she was captured and scuttled, but it is not known whether she was sunk by her crew or by the Germans. The Navy subsequently raised her and she was purchased by Her Majesty’s Government in 1947. At that time, her present Gardner 4LWS engine was put in. In later years, she was used as a houseboat until discovered for sale at Tanley & Thomas’s, Windsor and bought by her current owner.


  • January 2010

    A sustainability grant of £2000 for deck repair was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

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