- 1895 - 1914 Molly
- 1914 - 1939 Undine
- 1939 - 1945 Watermaiden
- 1945 - 1979 Undine
- 1979 - 1990 Undine of Solent
The auxiliary steam yacht MOLLY was built in 1897 by Camper & Nicholsons, as a gentleman's yacht. She was sailed in the Solent area and also followed the J-class yacht regattas to other ports. Her hull is carvel construction of pitch pine on oak with teak topsides on oak. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914 for harbour patrol duties and renamed UNDINE. After the war, she returned to use as a yacht (still named UNDINE) until being requisitioned again in the Second World War, when she was renamed WATERMAIDEN. In 1945, she returned to her owner, her wheelhouse was enlarged, and she reverted to the name UNDINE; in 1947, she was re-engined with an Atlantic diesel. In 1979 she became UNDINE OF SOLENT, a name she retained until 1990, when her accommodation was restored by Tough's and she again became UNDINE. She retains the characteristics of a classic Victorian auxiliary yacht. Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Mar 2011.
This vessel is a survivor from the First World War. You can read more about her wartime history by visiting our First World War: Britain's Surviving Vessels website www.ww1britainssurvivingvessels.org.uk.
We are lacking information on this particular vessel. If you have any information on this vessel past or present, please contact us.
Motor Boat and Yachting, August 1980
Motor yacht with schooner rig built by Camper & Nicolson at Cowes
Requisitioned by Admiralty for harbour guard duties, patrols, and maid of all work
Returned to pleasure use
Taken into war effort and renamed WATERMAIDENS as UNDINE was in use for a submarine
The wheelhouse was enlarged
Steam engine and boiler removed and vessel re-engined with Atlantic diesel and wing engine
All accommodation restored by Tough's
Used extensively by present owner throughout Scotland, S England and to France
Refitted at Burnham Yacht Harbour Marina
Own this vessel?
If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org