Certificate no 440
Status Registered


Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Excursion
Location Bridlington
Vessel type Excursion
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No


Builder Cook, Gemmel & Welton Ltd, Beverley
Built in 1947
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
18.98 feet (5.79 m)
4.98 feet (1.52 m)
Length: Overall
79.93 feet (24.38 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1947 by Cook Walton & Gemmel of Beverley, YORKSHIRE BELLE is a passenger vessel used for pleasure trips and based at Bridlington. She has a riveted and welded steel hull and two Gardner diesel engines 8L3 models built in 1951. She is the last remaining Bridlington pleasure boat of the six that once operated from the 1920s to 1950s.


Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995

Key dates

  • 1947

    Built by Cook, Gemmel & Welton Ltd, Beverley

  • 1947

    Began pleasure trips out of Bridlington

  • late 1970s

    Served as standby ferry on the River Humber

  • 1982

    Purchased by Roy Simpson and Peter Richardson

  • late 1990s

    Served as tender to cruise ship VISTAMA at Bridlington

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