Certificate no 3003
Status Registered
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Details

Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Pilot Vessel
Location Leba
Vessel type Pilot Boat 40
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Brooke Marine, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft
Built in 1962
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Length: Overall
45.00 feet (13.72 m)
Breadth: Beam
11.50 feet (3.51 m)
Depth
3.75 feet (1.14 m)
Tonnage: Gross
14.00

History

Significance

KERNOW was delivered in 1962 and served for Trinity House as a pilot vessel in Falmouth where she has spent most of her life. In 1974, her skipper Captain laurie Mitchell, lost his life whilst rying to board the P&O Ferry "Eagle" in rough seas some 3 miles off Falmouth. She was eventually sold into private ownership, though it is not known when, apart from that she was bought in 2009 by her previous owner on the River Medway and again in 2013 by her current owners before undergoing full restoration works.

KERNOW was delivered in 1962 and served for Trinity House as a pilot vessel in Falmouth where she has spent most of her life. In 1974, her skipper Captain laurie Mitchell, lost his life whilst rying to board the P&O Ferry "Eagle" in rough seas some 3 miles off Falmouth. She was eventually sold into private ownership, though it is not known when, apart from that she was bought in 2009 by her previous owner on the River Medway and again in 2013 by her current owners before undergoing full restoration works.

Her current owners had her slipped in 2013 and fully and professionally restored by shipwright Stefan Crisp including re-planking of almost half the vessel above the waterline with new eroko planks. All cracked ribs either replaced or sistered up and copper fastened. She is fully cotton caulked beneath the waterline and wood splined above. She has a new marine ply super structure and has undergone a full internal refit including replacing the engines, gearboxes and shafts. She was relaunched in 2015 and moved from the Medway to the Thames in 2016.

She was originally fitted with Twin Perkins S6m/MRF 10A marine diesels with 2:1 reduction gearboxes developing 100hp at 2000RPM. In 2013 she was running with win Foden supercharged diesels producing 106hp each. She has since been re-engined as pat of her refit using Twin Ford Otosan 135hp diesels with 3:1 reduction PRM 500D3 Gearboxes. On her sea trials she was capable of 13 Knots and today is capable at 17 Knots.

As of July 2018, KERNOW is based in Leba, Poland where her owners plan on keeping her for the foreseeable future and enjoy some new cruising grounds.

Key dates

  • 1962

    Vessel delivered to Trinity House

  • 2009

    Privately owned and kept afloat on the River Medway

  • 2013

    Sold to current owner and slipped and restored, and moved to the River Thames in Surrey

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

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