Certificate no 2327
Status Archived


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Cowes
Vessel type Cutter
Archive reason Loss by fire
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address www.witch1902.co.uk


Builder Sibbick, Charles & Co, Cowes
Built in 1902
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
8.40 feet (2.56 m)
6.90 feet (2.10 m)
Length: Overall
35.90 feet (10.95 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



WITCH is a gaff cutter of carvel construction, oak frames and pine deck. She was built in 1902 by Charles Sibbick and Co Limited of Cowes, Isle of Wight. Built as a yacht, she remained in commission until bought by her present owner in 2006. Since then she has been slowly returned to her original specification, replacing the 1970s coach roof etc. Charles Sibbick, although unknown today, was world famous before 1900, building nearly 300 yachts for royalty among others. WITCH is one of only about 15 remaining and is the only one of her type.

Unfortunately this vessel was destroyed in a boat yard fire in 2016.

Key dates

  • 1902

    Built by Charles Sibbick and Co Ltd of Cowes, Isle of Wight

  • 2006

    Bought by her present owner

  • 2012

    Relocated from Emsworth to Cowes for restoration

  • 2014

    Undergoing restoration to her original specification, replacing the 1970s coach roof, etc

  • 2016

    Destroyed in a boat yard fire at Cowes


  • September 2012

    The Sustainability Grant award in January has been withdrawn

  • January 2012

    A Sustainability Grant of £1000 for remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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