Certificate no 2140
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Customs Vessel
Location Douglas
Vessel type Admiralty Pinnace
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1946
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.50 feet (3.81 m)
5.60 feet (1.71 m)
Length: Overall
49.60 feet (15.12 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
22.00 feet (6.71 m)


HMCL Diligence was built in 1946 by the famous yard of J.Samuel White & Co, Cowes, Isle of Wight for the Customs & Excise Waterguard Service. She is riveted steel construction with single propulsion system powered by a 1977 Cummins NHC-250 Diesel engine. Her engine produces 250hp at 2100 rpm giving her a speed of 12 knots. She was the last revenue cutter to carry the name Diligence (first back in 1795) and spent all of her working life on the river Thames based at Greenwich, London. In 1972 she was sold into private ownership and had a long and successful career as a private motor yacht sailing around west coast of Scotland and the Bay of Biscay before returning to UK waters in the early 1990s. In 2007 Diligence was sold and moved to a new location in Douglas, Isle of Man where, after a few years of neglect in October 2013 she broke her moorings in a storm and drifted causing considerable damage to fishing boats before a local tug managed to rescue her. After lengthy negotiation's Diligence was saved from the breakers yard and bought by the current owner who is restoring her back to her original stature.  Diligence is the sole surviving example of an early Customs Revenue Cutter of her type.

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