Previous names

  • 1956 Lalla Rook
  • 1970 Saint Just
  • 1986 Falls of Lora
  • 2004 Saint Just
Certificate no 2045
Status Registered


Function Research Vessel
Location Clyde
Vessel type MFV-Navigation Electronics Vessel
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Prior, R & J, Burnham on Crouch
Built in 1956
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type Unknown
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
17.60 feet (5.37 m)
8.60 feet (2.62 m)
Length: Overall
72.00 feet (21.96 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built in 1956 by R J Prior & Son, Burnham on Crouch, ST JUST is a research vessel built in the style of an MFV.

Built as 'LALLA ROOKH II', she was named after Lord Kelvin’s yacht LALLA ROOKH of 1870. She is of wooden construction (mahogany on oak), ketch rigged and has a Volvo Penta MD120AK diesel engine. Original propulsion was provided by a large direct reversing Crossley engine. She was designed for and commissioned by the marine instrument makers Kelvin Hughes as a demonstration vessel for new sounders, sonar etc.

In 1962 she was sold to owners, believed to have been in the Falmouth area and renamed ST JUST. She was sold as a charter vessel in 1968 leading her to appear in Scottish waters a few years later mainly working out of Oban.

During the period of 1979/80 until 1982/3, she was re-fitted to Lloyds class 111 to take on charter work for the Scottish National Trust, undertaking charters to St. Kilda, together with private charters.  Prior to this, it is believed she had been privately owned by an arms trader and used as a private yacht.  Put ip for sale in 1982/3, St JUST was stolen whilst undergoing sea trials and traced to West Africa.

In 1985, she embarked on a new career - she became a drugs running boat, bringing a cargo of cannabis back to Scotland from West Africa. Followed by one of HM Customs Cutters as she sailed north from Land's End towards Oban, she was impounded in the largest drugs haul of the day, and taken eventually to Greenock, and sold at auction. Her new owner was from the Oban area, and he renamed her FALLS OF LORA, and she became a charter boat once more.

From 1990, she lay in the Gareloch, until sold for preservation in 1999.  She took the name ST JUST again in 2003. ST JUST is now based at the River Clyde Boatyard at Clydebank.

Key dates

  • 1956 Vessel built by R J Prion & Son, Burnham on Crouch
  • 1968 Vessel sold as a charter vessel leading her to appear in Scottish waters a few years later, mainly working out of Oban
  • 1985 Vessel bought at auction, renamed FALLS of LORA and returned to chartering
  • 1999 Vessel sold for preservation
  • 2003 Vessel renamed ST JUST

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