Registration number 2564
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Pinnace
Location Hayling Island
Vessel type Naval Pinnace
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes


Builder Camper & Nicholsons Ltd, Gosport
Built in 1912
Hull material Wood
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boiler fuel diesel


Length: Overall
65.00 feet (19.81m)
Breadth: Beam
15.00 feet (4.57m)
6.00 feet (1.83m)
Air Draft
11.00 feet (3.35m)


WARRIOR was built in 1912 as a naval pinnace.  Her own early records, including her involvement in the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, were destroyed when an incendiary bomb struck her while she lay, still under naval command, on the river Thames at Greenwich.  At that time WARRIOR served as a coastal defence vessel and was used by Commander C.A. Lund to instruct naval officers in navigation and seamanship at HMS KING ALFRED in 1942.

Since the war, WARRIOR has had five owners.   Stanley Crabtree had her entirely refitted at Dickie's Yard, Bangor, Wales, in the late 1960s.   In earlier days she had a fine figurehead of an Indian warrior which was maintained faithfully in its original colours even when WARRIOR was painted in battleship grey.  Sadly, she lost this figurehead during her restoration.  John and Mary Hornshaw purchased WARRIOR in 1972 from Stanley Crabtree at Glasson Dock, Lancaster, and in May 1973, John and his son Michael and a professional skipper sailed WARRIOR through the Bay of Biscay to Gibraltar.

John and Mary lived on WARRIOR in the Mediterranean, exploring from Palma de Mallorca to the Greek Islands, and Malta, and the Spanish mainland coast.  In 1985 they brought the vessel back across the Bay of Biscay on their own, and lived onboard in Torquay until selling the vessel in May 1989.  She then came under the ownership of Dennis Wells.  The vessel’s lower hull was re-planked in 2000 and has had a modern touch with GRP sheathing.  The upper helm, despite being rebuilt over the years, retains its original shape.  However the saloon behind the helm has changed over the years, from a totally open rear deck to a full saloon.

Under new ownership from October 2010, much work has been done.  The vessel was in poor repair so has undergone a major rebuild and at the time of registration, was fully operational again.

This vessel is a survivor from the First World War. You can read more about her wartime history by visiting our First World War: Britain's Surviving Vessels website.

Key dates

  • 1912 Vessel built by Camper & Nicholsons
  • 1940 Vessel involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk during the Second World War
  • 1942 Vessel served as a coastal defence vessel used to instruct naval officers at HMS KING ALFRED
  • Late 1960s

    Underwent entire refit at Dickie's Yard, Bangor, Wales

  • 1973 Sailed through the Bay of Biscay to Gibraltar
  • 1985 Vessel returned from Bay of Biscay to Torquay
  • 2012

    Vessel's centenary year

Own this vessel?

If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact

More like this

Sundowner in Ramsgate

National Historic Fleet, built 1912 by Admiralty, Sheerness

Sampan on Loch Lomond 2024

Registered, built 1938 by Unknown

199 - on passage to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

National Historic Fleet, built 1911 by White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Member of the SNR Small Boat Committee on Green Parrot 2006

Registered, built 1953 by Powles, Jack