Certificate no 2626
Status Archived


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Launch
Location Boston
Vessel type Cruiser
Archive reason Sunk
Current use Unknown
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Taylor & Bates, James, Chertsey
Built in 1937
Hull material Wood
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 3
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.19 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
8.00 feet (2.44 m)
Air Draft
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
Tonnage: Gross



FRAMAR LONDON is a motor cruiser of timber construction built in 1937, designed by James Taylor & Bates Ltd., in  Chertsey.  She is powered by twin Ford diesel engines and is at present undergoing restoration in Boston.

The vessel was built as an express cruiser and delivered to Littlehampton.

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Key dates

  • 1937

    Built by J Taylor & Bates of Bridge Wharf, Chertsey, Surrey as a Thames River Crusere for Capt F B Marshall

  • 1940

    She was commandeered  By the Ministry of War and used to carry Top Secret messages and based in Gibraltar. She carried Secret agents to Normandy and travelling at 19-22 Knots met U- Boats and Fishing Boats at secret locations

  • 2000

    Purchased by the present owner after being found sunk at Kirkstead Bridge, near Woodhall Spa

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