Certificate no 2939
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Stratford-upon-Avon
Vessel type Motor Yacht
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Borwick & Co, Windermere
Built in 1927
Hull material Wood
Rig Bermudan Ketch
Number of decks
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type Unknown
Boilermaker Unknown


Length: Overall
37.00 feet (11.28 m)
Breadth: Beam
9.42 feet (2.87 m)
3.00 feet (0.91 m)


Although little is known of her early history, SUNSTAR is believed to have been built as an open cockpit twin screw motor yacht with flat transom, and then later extended to “canoe” type stern with enclosed stateroom aft of wheelhouse some time earlier in her life. Her engines were originally twin cylinder Hyland petrol, re-engined in the 1940’s with two brit 4 cylinder petrol engines, which sometime later changed to twin to 1963 BMC 1.5 diesels.

In 1927, she was fist registered in Southampton and went on to have many different owners across the country. She was first owned by William Granger of Nottingham during the 1930’s, when in 1942 she was acquired by Ernest Watts of Sherwood, only to be acquired again in 1948, this time by L R and J A Whiting of Newark. In 1961, she was acquired by N Sharples of Leeds and kept on the River Ouse, York. In 1965 she was acquired by Richard Whitfield of Huddersfield and moved to Ramsgate in 1967. In 1968 she was acquired by Joseph Burridge, member of Royal Temple Yacht Club and owner of 68ft Motor Yacht TARANGA, but a year later she was acquired by Roger Green of Wembley and kept on the Thames at Twickenham. In 1976, she was acquired by W Reaves of Solihull and a year later was moved to Reading, but eventually she was moved again in 1979, this time to Plymouth. During the 1990’s she was to be moved again to the North Devon Coast. 

Key dates

  • 1930's

    Owned by William Granger of Nottingham 

  • 1942

    Acquired by Ernest Watts of Sherwood

  • 1948

    Acquired by L R and J A Whiting of Newark 

  • 1940's

    Re-engined with two Brit 4 cylinder petrol engines 

  • 1961

    Acquired by N Sharples of leeds and kept on River Ouse, York

  • 1965

    Acquired by Richard Whitfield of Huddersfield

  • 1963

    Re-engined to twin BMC 1.5 diesel engines 

  • 1968

    Acquired by Jospeh Burridge

  • 1969

    Acquired by Roger Green of Wembley, kept on the Thames at Twickenham 

  • 1976

    Acquired by W Reeves of Solihull 

  • 1977

    Moved to Reading 

  • 1979

    Moved to Plymouth 

  • 1990's

    Moved to North Devon Coast

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