HELEN & VIOLET was built for James Kimber of Leigh, where she fished for the first thirty years of her life. In the mid thirties, she had her first engine installed, and was sold to William Annis who worked her out of Brightlingsea. She has remained in the Colne area since then fishing and later, unrigged, as watch boat to the Tollesbury Oyster Co. until she was sold to a private owner in about 1972. She took occasional fishing parties until being restored back to her original rig and having her engine removed. She has sailed as a private yacht ever since.
Built by J & H Cann as a Fishing Vessel (Leigh Bawley) for James Kimber of Leigh and fished for 30 years
She was owned by Arthur Felton and she raced successfully and won the Leigh Regatta several times
She had her first engine installed and was sold to William Annis who worked her out of Brightlingsea
Sold to a private owner
A Sustainability Award of ú1000 towards the sternpost and transom was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships
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