Certificate no 3523
Status Registered


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


Builder Weatherhead, William & Son, Cockenzie
Built in 1938
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 0
Number of masts 0
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
42.00 feet (12.80 m)
Breadth: Beam
12.17 feet (3.71 m)


Designed as a private motor yacht on the lines of a Scottish fishing vessel, BLUE HILLS was commissioned for a RNVR commander the year before WW2. She was commandeered by the Ministry of Defence during the war but there are no records of her activities during this period. She remains in her original layout with many of her original features still on place. The timbers are all original but the two engines are not. She also has some unusual features designed by Kelvin for the motorcraft.

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built and launched by W.Weatherhead & Son at Cockenzie, Firth of Forth for Cmdr G.F.Gilliland who registered her with ROCC, of which he was a member.

  • 1939

    Commandeered by MOD. Featured in Yachting monthly, June edition.

  • 1947

    Sold back into private ownership.

  • 2014

    Engines changed.

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