Certificate no 2399
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Location Faversham
Vessel type Fifie
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Weatherhead, William & Son, Cockenzie
Built in 1931
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
10.16 feet (3.10 m)
4.92 feet (1.50 m)
Length: Overall
42.62 feet (13.00 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



SWEET PROMISE was built as a Fifie, a fishing vessel of wooden carvel construction, by Weatherheads of Cockenzie in 1931. Her present engine is a BMC diesel, 56 hp. She worked as a fishing vessel until 1972. Later she was owned by Lt.Cdr Buster Crabb the well known Navy diver and was impounded by Dover Customs for smuggling Swiss watches. Owned by a private owner 1994-2018 in Lowestoft, where she had a three and a half year rebuild and restoration. Since 2018 owned by another private owner and relocated to Faversham, Kent.


Classic Boat: Sweet Promise - Buster Crabb's sailing Fifie, January 2013
Classic Boat: Experience - Playing prop forward, January 2013
Classic Boat, January, 2007

Key dates

  • 1931

    Built as a Fifie, a fishing vessel of wooden carvel construction, by Weatherheads of Cockenzie

  • 1931-1972

    Operated as a fishing vessel.

  • 1994-2018

    Owned by private owner and berthed at Lowestoft.

  • 2018-2019

    Bought by new private owner in 2018 and relocated to Faversham, Kent, in 2019. 

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