Certificate no 2684
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location Westray
Vessel type Harbour Service
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Unknown
Built in 1912
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
52.50 feet (16.00 m)
Breadth: Beam
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
5.00 feet (1.52 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



NOUP HEAD was built as a Harbour Service Launch. Although the builder is not known, the build date is estimated as 1908.  The hull is copper sheathed, double diagonal teak with a riveted galvanized plate casing above the solid teak deck.  Originally steam but converted to diesel probably for WW2 when a forward helm was also fitted.  Now has a Leyland 500 diesel engine.

The vessel was believed to have been sold off after the Second World War from Leith and came to Orkney in the late 1950s and was operated as a private ferry/ambulance boat for the north isles in Orkney till the mid 1960s and then privately operated sometimes taking coal from Westray to Papa Westray.  She then fell into disuse and was about to be scrapped when acquired by her present owners in 1986.

Since then, a program of conservation has carried on over the years involving replacement of the full length keel, installation of a new engine, gearbox and wheelhouse.  The helm has been moved aft and lowered to enable a new lower wheelhouse.

We are lacking information on this particular vessel. If you have any information on this vessel past or present, please contact us.

Key dates

  • 1912

    Date built, builder unknown

  • 1960s

    Came to Orkney Isles and operated as a private ferry/ambulance boat

  • 1986/7

    Acquired by present owners, engine, gearbox and wheelhouse installed

  • 1989

    Keel replaced

  • 2008

    Fitted out for sea and sailed to Westray

  • 2013

    About to start next stage of restoration/conversion

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