- 5 Jan 2013
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- Benfleet Essex
No, Unfortunately the name & history of my one is lost. The sewn contruction tells us Saunders built her as he was the only one who used it. She was basically derelict for about 40 years before i got her, we know her history back to an owner Capt Walker just before WW2, prior to that nothing. I have spent years searching, Lloyds register of yachts, Nat maritime museum, Motor boat museum & more. Factory records were destroyed in WW2 when the factory offices were bombed by the luftwaffe. Lloyds register lists many saunders launches but none of the entries dimensions fitted.Something about boat building and repair workshops. They always look like they're 200 years old.
Is yours this one ? The pic is on alamy. Cant post it due to copyright.
Download this stock image: Saunders' motor launch at anchor, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes. - PTB1PD from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors.www.alamy.com
I have corresponded with Ray Wheeler who was the author of From River to sea, the definitive history of the Saunders company, he was as stumped as we were.
The Motorboat magazine from 1903 onwards has quite a few articles & photos on Saunders & we found an article from late 04 stating that Saunders had started fitting steel frames to some high powered boats after some sustained damage in rough weather racing. As my one has 6 rolled steel frames it pointed to her being one of these, but she does not fit the recognised later class sizes at 27.5 ft. The hull design is typical of this era & within a few short years the hull design had evolved away from her type. So it looks like she may have been built with an eye to racing or maybe not! In any case 115 years down the line i doubt we will ever know!