Certificate no 2233
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Leigh on Sea
Vessel type Motor Yacht
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Osbourne, William, Littlehampton
Built in 1937
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
8.98 feet (2.74 m)
Length: Overall
33.97 feet (10.36 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built as a private motor yacht by William Osbourne in 1937, GERFALCON served as a Royal Navy Auxiliary patrol craft during the Second World War, having been requisitioned in June 1940 from her owner at the time, Commander V Searles-Wood.

The vessel was first registered in 1938 by the Registrar of Shipping at Littlehampton. Since bought by her present owner she has been lovingly restored to her original condition and in 2012 was selected to take part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.


ADLS News: Fleet news, Spring 2015

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built by William Osbourne at Arun Shipyard Littlehampton, West Sussex for Commander Valentine Searles-Wood of Warerlooville Hampshire

  • 1940

    Requisitioned by the Admiralty for the Dunkirk evacuation

  • 1946

    New owner

  • 1949

    New owner

  • 1952

    New owner

  • 2012

    Vessel selected for Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012

  • 1997

    Bought by present owner

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