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.
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Date built, builder unknown
Came to Orkney Isles and operated as a private ferry/ambulance boat
Acquired by present owners, engine, gearbox and wheelhouse installed
Fitted out for sea and sailed to Westray
About to start next stage of restoration/conversion
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