Previous names

  • 1947 Freebooter
Certificate no 691
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Location Lowestoft
Vessel type Ketch
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Oliver, W J & Son, Porthleven
Built in 1920
Hull material
Rig Gaff Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.20 feet (4.33 m)
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Length: Overall
46.00 feet (14.03 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


OUR LIZZIE was built in 1920 by W. J. Oliver & Sons at Porthleven, Cornwall as a St Ives fishing lugger. Originally constructed of pitch pine on oak frames, she is one of the few surviving gaff rigged counter stern boats of this type. Her owners up to 1939 are unknown.

During the Second World War, she participated in the evacuation of Dunkirk after which she was left lying at Newhaven. In 1947 she was refurbished, renamed FREEBOOTER and became well known in the West Country over the next fifty years. With a succession of different owners she took part in many films and in the TV series ‘The Onedin Line’.

Between 1993 and 1995 her owners undertook a complete refit with a new deck of iroco hardwood and a deck house of teak to make her a cruising yacht. They also reverted to her original name of OUR LIZZIE and she was based in the Mediterranean for some years.

Having undergone some restoration work during 2012, OUR LIZZIE is now seaworthy again, based in Plymouth and will be on the west coast of Scotland in 2015. She will also be taking part in the 75th anniversary of Dunkirk in 2015.

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