Certificate no 2271
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Location Pin Mill
Vessel type Leigh Bawley
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Cann, John & Herbert, Harwich
Built in 1906
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
13.90 feet (4.24 m)
5.30 feet (1.62 m)
Length: Overall
36.00 feet (10.98 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



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.

Key dates

  • 1906

    Built by J & H Cann as a Fishing Vessel (Leigh Bawley) for James Kimber of Leigh and fished for 30 years

  • 1922

     She was owned by Arthur Felton and she raced successfully and won the Leigh Regatta several times

  • 1936

    She had her first engine installed and was sold to William Annis who worked her out of Brightlingsea

  • 1972

    Sold to a private owner

  • 1980

    New owner


  • January 2011

    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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