Last of the Mersey survey launches

Carvel-built in copper-fastened mahogany on oak by Henry B. Hornby & Co of Wallasey in 1963.

Original 1962 Gardner 6LX oil engine matched to Kitchen patent clam-shell rudder.

The Surveyor-class half-deckers were designed for master mariners employed by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. They were built by the Wallasey firm who constructed generations of rugged West African surf boats. SURVEYOR is fitted with Kitchen's patent reversing rudders, using reversed directional thrust in the way clam-shell thrust reversing systems operate on airliners, to allow the single engine and the drive train to run at a constant, economical speed, even in reverse or when stationary.

Overall Length: 41ft 0in 12.5m Air draught: 7ft 0in 2.1m [radar arch down]

Beam: 9ft 8in 2.95m Draught: 3ft 11in 1.2m

Displacement: 12000kg Designer: Henry B. Hornby & Co

Builder: Henry B. Hornby & Co of Wallasey on Lloyds Register 303874 in 1963.

A good-looking, highly manoeuvrable, supremely economical motor yacht with a low air draught that makes her perfect for the River Thames or the Norfolk Broads. Cruised under private ownership in the Irish Sea and admired at the Peel Traditional Boat Weekend in the Isle of Man.

Engine: Legendary six-cylinder Gardner 6LX, 1962, 110hp @ 1300 rpm hp [80,9Kw] driving phosphor-bronze shaft through Gardner 2UC gearbox, delivering 12 knots on 2 litres per hour fuel consumption.

The Manchester engineers Hugh and John Gardner introduced the LX series engines in 1958. Their 6LX and 8LX are even today described as the finest heavy duty diesel engines ever produced, becoming the first production engines to achieve 40 per cent thermal efficiency.

Hull: Heavy oak frames with copper-fastened mahogany planking, carvel-built and fitted with steel lifting brackets supplied by Henry B. Hornby & Co, builders of the famous surf boats used in West Africa for transhipping cargo at sea and landing on storm beaches.

Electrical and Navigational system: Domestic and engine starting batteries, Sestrel compass, Raymarine radar, Sailor RT1445 marine vhf radio, bilge pumps, navigation lights. .

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SURVEYOR is the last survivor of the professionally-built and professionally maintained wooden launches built for work alongside deep sea vessels in exposed channels on both sides of the Liverpool Bar. She has been cared for by two private owners since she was de-commissioned by the MDH company. Decks are watertight and her hull has recently been varnished, on the hard at Bluepoint Marine Services yard at Liverpool Marina. L3 4EE.

GBP 5,000.00

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Please note: in this case we are acting as brokers only. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation, the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. Particulars do not constitute a term of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check the particulars and, where appropriate, at his own expense employ a qualified marine surveyor to undertake a survey and, if necessary, to undertake an engine test. Offered for sale subject to being unsold.