Previous names

  • 1940 - 1971 Prittlewell
  • 1971 - 1985 Essex Lady
Certificate no 460
Status Archived


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Dredger
Location NONE
Vessel type Grab Dredger
Archive reason Disposed
Current use None
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew
Built in 1940
Hull material Other metal
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
24.98 feet (7.62 m)
Breadth: Beam
24.98 feet (7.62 m)
6.92 feet (2.11 m)
Length: Overall
100.79 feet (30.74 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



GYPSEY RACE was built for Southend-on-Sea County Borough by Lobnitz & Co. Ltd. as the Prittlewell in 1940. It is believed that she spent the war years keeping the channels to the Thames Forts clear.

In 1971 she became the Essex Lady and was acquired by Bridlington Harbour Commissioners and renamed the GYPSEY RACE. At the time she was extensively modernised and converted from Ruston to Volvo engines. She is used to dredge Bridlington harbour and has successfully carried out dredging contracts along the East Coast from Eyemouth to Great Yarmouth. She has had considerable work carried out on her deck plates and other parts of her superstructure.

Although this vessel has been disposed,we are lacking information in order to update her record. If you have any past information, please contact us.


Lloyds Register of Ships 1995-6, Lloyd's of London, Volume P-Z, 1995
Lloyds Register of Ships 1997-8, Lloyd's of London, pp1773, Volume A-G, 1998

Key dates

  • 1940

    Vessel built by Lobnitz & Co. Ltd.

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