Certificate no 758
Status Archived
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Details

Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Klaipeda
Vessel type Motor Yacht
Archive reason Overseas Watch List
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Dickie, A M & Sons Ltd, Bangor
Built in 1911
Hull material
Rig Bermudan Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
9.84 feet (3.00 m)
Depth
5.25 feet (1.60 m)
Length: Overall
42.98 feet (13.11 m)
Tonnage: Gross
0.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

The LADY SOPHIE was designed by J.A. McCallum and built by Dickies & Son  of Tarbert, Loch Fyne in 1911 and was originally named Lady Jean. She was flush decked and had twin lug sails. She was powered by a Gardiner paraffin 2 cylinder engine and had a chimney in the middle. There is a 1912 photo of Lady Jean in the “Boatman” magazine of 5 December 1912, indicating John Paterson as an owner. 

She was registered in 1934 again in Dublin as the LADY SOPHIE and is thought to have been named after Lady Sophie of the Guinness family but this has not been confirmed.  There is no known record of her history from the 1930s to the 1960s but it is suspected that she spent some of this time in the Medway area.  At some time a wheelhouse was added in front of the cockpit and she was refitted at the yard of Machin Knight and Sons in 1970.  In the late 1980s she was re-decked, re-engined and the wheelhouse was enlarged and moved over the engine amidships. She was also re-rigged with a bowsprit at this time.  A topmast was added to the mizzen mast which became the main mast and jib boom was added. She was re-caulked with cotton above and oakum below the waterline, and the hull was sheathed in copper which was bronze tacked over bitumen and hessian.

The LADY SOPHIE was purchased in Klaipeda, Lithuania in 2005.  For five summers she cruised the Baltic Sea (mainly Lithuania, Sweden and Germany), and in 2011 she cruised the North Sea as far as Ireland.  In 2015 a Lithuanian association acquired LADY SOPHIE and sought to start her conservation and restoration project.  

 

Sources

Old Gaffer's Association Member's Handbook and Boat Archive, 1993

Key dates

  • 1911

    Vessel built by Dickies & Son of Tarbert, Scotland

  • 1934

    Vessel registered in Dublin 

  • 2005

    Vessel based in Klaipeda, Lithuania

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