Previous names

  • Kingfisher
  • Fairstar
Certificate no 2819
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Pinnace
Location Nottingham
Vessel type Naval Pinnace
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required Yes


Builder Vosper, Portsmouth
Built in 1939
Hull material Wood
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
44.00 feet (13.41 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
4.50 feet (1.37 m)
Air Draft
8.50 feet (2.59 m)
Tonnage: Gross


There is some uncertainty about this vessel: it remains to be established whether it is an RAF sea plane tender or a naval pinnace.

Update, March 2021: Reported by River Canal Rescue organisation that LADY DORIS was sunk at her moorings and is being raised this month, after which she will be removed to Redhill Marina in Nottingham.  They will then be seeking someone to take her on as a restoration project. 

Currently up for sale.  June 2021.

Key dates

  • 1939

    Built by Vospers, Portsmouth

  • 1995

    New owner

  • 2013

    New owner


  • Jan 2017

    A Sustainability Grant of £762 was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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