Certificate no 2846
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Dredger
Location Brightlingsea
Vessel type Leigh Bawley
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Drake Brothers, Tollesbury
Built in 1939
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 0
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
34.12 feet (10.40 m)
Breadth: Beam
11.15 feet (3.40 m)
4.59 feet (1.40 m)
Air Draft
39.37 feet (12.00 m)
Tonnage: Gross



DORANA was built in 1939 as a Leigh Cockle Bawley by Drake Brothers (Tollesbury)Limited and is a vessel of pitch pine construction with a BMC diesel engine.

She started fishing in 1939 and fished untill 1956 then had a cabin top installed for leisure use then lost history untill 1990 when extensive works were carried out including removing lifting keel and replacing with full length keel made of jarro wood adding two feet two original draft historical inportance due to being only one of four leigh cockle bawleys left from the fishing fleet in the thames area

Key dates

  • 1939

    Built by Drake Brothers (Tollesbury) Limited

  • 1956

    Converted for leisure use

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