JUMBO is a motor yacht of timber carvel construction, pitch pine on oak frames with a Coventry diesel engine type KF. She was built in 1923 by Wm. Haywood of Leigh on Sea. The vessel was built for a master stevedore for pleasure and kept at Brightlingsea where it cruised the English Channel. It won the London to Cowes race in 1938. The vessel was called up for war service during World War II as a tender to a minesweeper in and around Harwich. After the war it continued cruising the south coast with its original owner. JUMBO had a paid skipper from 1923 until the outbreak of World War II and later until 1969 when her original owner had to sell her due to failing health.
Built by William Haywood of Leigh on Sea
Vessel won the London to Cowes Race
Called up for war service
New engine installed, a Coventry Climax, type KL, 2 stroke, supercharged diesel
Vessel returned from Royal Navy to private owner
Found abandoned in a marina in the Midlands, in poor condition
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