Certificate no 2135
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Launch
Location Hamble
Vessel type Cruise Boat
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions Yes
Info required Yes


Builder Saunders Roe, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1938
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
9.50 feet (2.90 m)
2.50 feet (0.76 m)
Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.20 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1938 by Saunders Roe of Cowes, Isle of Wight, a motor cruiser of timber carvel construction and a diesel engine by Standard Motor Company, installed in 1952. BETSIE-JANE was commissioned by Lord Ebbisham in 1938. 

The hull is virtually all original and there are many original fittings and cabinet work. Uffa Fox referred to her as "the finest example of the round bilge day cruiser we shall find".

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Classic Boat: Saving Betsie Jane, February 2013

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built by Saunders Roe of Cowes Isle of Wight

  • 1940s

    Took part in the Dunkirk evacuations

  • 1991

    Puirchased by retired boatbuilder as restoration project

  • 2007

    Purchased  and moved to Greenway Marine, London

  • 2013

    Restoration continuing between charters and day trips- should be completed by end of year

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