Certificate no 739
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Location Peel
Vessel type Nobby
Current use Private use
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Neakle & Watterson, Peel, Isle of Man
Built in 1904
Hull material Wood
Rig Lug
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
13.50 feet (4.12 m)
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
Length: Overall
42.98 feet (13.11 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1904 by Neakle & Watterson at Peel, Isle of Man as a sailing lugger for the Manx Fishery, WHITE HEATHER operated in this capacity until 1957 when she was converted into a yacht. As a gaff ketch in private ownership, she is based at Peel and is in regular commission.


Old Gaffer's Association Member's Handbook and Boat Archive, 1993
White Heather: A local to Peel, 2001
Classic Boat: A Manx Tale, September 1995

Key dates

  • 1904

    Built during the second half of 1904 and launched on Christmas Eve of the same year 

  • 1921

    Fished Manx waters till around 1921 when she was sold to Northern Ireland 

  • 1970

    Converted into a private pleasure boat 

  • 1989

    Bought by present owner

  • 2007

    Nobby (lug) rig re-installed with sale from North Sea Sails 

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