Registration number 3797
Status Registered

Previous names

  • 1948 - 1951 Ventura
  • 1951 - 1958 Alison


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Ring-netter
Location Falmouth
Vessel type MFV
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Weatherhead, William & Son, Cockenzie
Built in 1948
Hull material Wood
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
18.00 feet (5.49m)
7.00 feet (2.13m)
Length: Overall
50.00 feet (15.24m)
Tonnage: Gross


MFV RADIANT QUEEN was built in 1948 as VENTURA, a ring-netter, by Weatherheads of Cockenzie. She spent most of her working life in Scotland and Ireland as a fishing boat, where she was named ALISON between 1951 and 1958 and RADIANT QUEEN from then on. She did this until 1989 when her fishing registry was cancelled and she was converted to a dive boat. She spent from 1990 to 2015 working as a dive boat in the Scapa Flow where she was very popular amongst divers, with the owners adding a wheelhouse and saloon in the late 90s. In 2015 she was sold and used as a passenger vessel touring the Isle of Skye. 

She was sold again in 2020 and spent three years in Swansea Marina where she was not maintained and unfortunately deteriorated. In November 2023 she was brought back to Falmouth, Cornwall, by GH Pill of Cornish Pleasure Cruises, where she is undergoing a structural refit needing reframing, new decks, beam shelves and planking to put her back to her original standard and sea worthy.

Key dates

  • 1949

    Built by Weatherheads of Cockenzie, Scotland, as an MFV and named VENTURA

  • 1951

    Name changed from VENTURA to ALISON

  • 1958

    Name changed from ALISON to RADIANT QUEEN

  • 1989

    Fishing registry cancelled, and converted to a dive boat, working in the Scapa Flow

  • 2015

    Used as a passenger vessel in the Isle of Skye

  • 2023

    New owner

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