Certificate no 2104
Status Registered


Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Excursion
Location Kingston-upon-Thames
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No
Web address www.turks.co.uk


Builder Bradley, Thomas, Southtown, Great Yarmouth
Built in 1892
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
19.67 feet (6.00 m)
3.30 feet (1.01 m)
Length: Overall
81.97 feet (25.00 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


YARMOUTH BELLE was built as a passenger steamer in 1892 by Thomas Bradley, Southtown, Great Yarmouth, on his own account, but was subsequently sold to the Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Steamboat Co. She was mainly used on the Yarmouth to Norwich service on the River Yare, but occasionally ran to St Olaves on the River Waveney and elsewhere on the Broads. In 1946, she was sold to Henry Hastings of Kingston-upon-Thames, who in 1947 converted her to diesel using a 1933 engine. In 1955, she passed to Thames Launches and had several otherowners before being purchased by Turk Launches, in 1988. She was later completely rebuilt and restored at the Turk boatyard in Sunbury-on-Thames: the paddle wheels and funnel are dummies. Her current engine is a Perkins Sabre diesel of 130 hp installed in 1997. She is one of the few remaining coastal passenger boats still working on the inland waterways. Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Mar 2011.

Key dates

  • 1892

    Built by Thomas Bradley for his own use

  • 1897

    Transferred to Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Steamboat Co. Ltd

  • 1931

    Completely replated at cost of £1,750

  • 1945

    Sold off at Yare to Henry Hastings of Kingston upon Thames

  • 1947

    Converted to diesel using a 1933 engine

  • 1988

    Bought by Turks of Kingston upon Thames

  • 2012

    Vessel selected for Avenue of Sail, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012

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