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Fairmile 'B' Motor Launch - Western Lady III

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Boat REF# 21067
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 34.14m (112'0")
Year 1941
Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Engine 2 x Diesel 127hp, Gardner 6LX (handed) (1974)
Lying Torbay


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Extra Details

Designer William Holt
Builder Southampton Steam Joinery Company
Lying Torbay
Fuel capacity 3,972.0 ltr (873.8 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 910.0 ltr (200.2 G) Total - 2 Tanks
Last survey 12/10/2004


Engine 2 x Diesel 127hp
Engine make and model Gardner 6LX (handed) (1974)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3-bladed
Fuel consumption (approx) 27.0 ltr (5.9 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 10 knots
Max speed (approx) 12 knots
Generator output 0KVA

Coventry Victor single cylinder diesel auxilliary 24 volt generator;
Teddington alarms fitted to main engines


LOA 34.14m (112'0")
LWL 32.92m (108'0")
Beam 5.48m (18'0")
Draft Min 1.52m (5'0")
Draft Max 1.52m (5'0")
Displacement 140,214kg (309,171.9lbs)
Headroom 1.98m (6'6")

Electrical Systems

24 volt, 4 batteries charged by: engine, generator


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Construction Wood carvel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

Double diagonal mahogany carvel planking laid in opposing diagonals on a system of longitudinal stringer and transverse web frames. Double skinned teak decks. Raked stem and transom stern. Round bilge form with flush deck;
2.1m freeboard


Cabin(s) 5
Heads 3 heads
Sink tick
Pressurised water system tick

, 5 cabins
Gas hot water urn

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
VHF tick
GPS tick

Midland 38 VHF;
Garmin GPS12 handheld

Deck Gear

Manual Admiralty windlass
1 anchors
100.00m (328'1") of chain

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Emergency steering tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 0 Electric)

Shipyard maintained to a very high standard to meet all MCA regulations to allow for 175 passengers and 4 crew. Last incline and stability test June 2005. Passenger certificate MCA Class IV stamped to 2009 subject to annual inspection

179 x buoyancy aids;
Hydrostatic liferaft releases (NB liferafts are hired annually and do not form part of the inventory)

Flare pack;
Diesel auxiliary driven bilge pump

Broker's Comments

Preliminary details: awaiting confirmation by owner.

The Fairmile 'B' Motor Launch was originally designed for use during WW II. This type of vessel was known as the "Maid of all work" being deployed as Mine Layers and Sweepers, Escort vessels, Transporting troops and patrolling waters both at home and overseas.
The "Western Lady" vessels have the added distinction of being the only Fairmile Rescue Motor Launches left in the World. "Western Lady III” entered service as RML 497 in July 1942.
Of some 650 of this type of craft built during the war at home and overseas only 50 were built as RML's. Of the total of Fairmile 'B's only eight or ten now survive, but none as original in appearance as the "Western Lady" Little Ships. Purchased at the Navy dispersal sales at the end of WWII to be converted into Passenger Boats. Conversion consisting of re-engining, fitting a deck saloon and guard rails and sealing watertight bulkheads. All other parts of the vessels are to the original build and design.
Steeped in history, the Western Ladies have been in active service as ‘ladies for leisure’ in Torbay, recognised by hundreds of thousands as the now Brixham to Torquay ferry. Little has happened on the waters of Torbay, from royal visits, to the visits of tall ships, without the attendance of these vessels.
Only for sale due to ill health, they are a continuing testament to the skill and dedication of the two families who have owned and operated them since 1946. Indeed, 2006 would be the 60th Anniversary of the Western Lady Ferry Service in Torbay.

This boat has been viewed and photographed by Nick Morton of Boatshed Brixham. Register or log in to see 41 more photos of this boat. Please note some of the photos are of Western Lady IV. These boat details are subject to contract.
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Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.

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