Certificate no 2849
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Ayr
Vessel type Fifie
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Fife, William & Son, Fairlie
Built in 1923
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
36.00 feet (10.97 m)
Breadth: Beam
8.42 feet (2.57 m)
4.67 feet (1.42 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


GOLDEN ORFE is a motor yacht built in 1923 by W Fife & Son of Fairlie and is a vessel of pine construction with a Perkins diesel engine. The vessel is unique as the only motor yacht built by Fifes. Over 70% of the vessel is original.

The vessel has been acquired by the Scottish Maritime Museum and their intention is to fully restore her for use as a dry sailer for public use, a project which is expected to last 3 years.

Key dates

  • 1923

    Built by W Fife of Fairlie

  • 1961

    Home port recorded as Cowes

  • 1975

    Home port recorded as Portsmouth

  • 2014

    Vessel acquired by the Scottish |Maritime Museum

Own this vessel?

If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

More like this

Protect Us - port side (c) Michael Fenton

Registered, built 1923 by Reekie, Walter, Anstruther

Work nearly complete

Registered, built 1897 by Weir, James, Arbroath

Kentra being launched

Archived, built 1923 by Fife, William & Son, Fairlie

Swan at Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy 2010

National Historic Fleet, built 1900 by Hay & Co Ltd, Lerwick