Previous names

  • Harbinger
Certificate no 3534
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Dover
Vessel type Nobby
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Neakle & Watterson, Peel, Isle of Man
Built in 1900
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.50 feet (3.51 m)
5.50 feet (1.68 m)
Air Draft
40.00 feet (12.19 m)
Length: Overall
50.00 feet (15.24 m)
Tonnage: Gross



HARBINGER is believed to be one of 4 extant Manx Nobbies and as such was built before 1917. Edgar March's 1949 book 'Sailing Drifters' says that the last Manx Nobby built on the Isle of Man was launched in 1917 and she was bigger than HARBINGER.  He suggests also that very few boats were built after 1900 (less than 20), so it's likely that HARBINGER is one of these.

At some point she had an engine added. There are signs that as built she was a 2-masted lugger, converted later to a gaff cutter.  Major restoration work was carried out between about 1975 and 1985

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