"Daphne III"   Thornycroft Cruising Launch Lying  on the Thames

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Built by John I. Thornycroft & Co. Ltd. Launched in March 1923. Environment Agency no. M 0520. Builder's no. 1856. Boat Safety Certificate dated 13 JUL 99. Serial no. 60775. Date of expiry 12 July 2003. . 

Approximate Dimensions

Length Overall  30ft
Beam  7ft 6ins
Draft  2ft 3ins
Displacement  2.9 tons


2-berth cabin, heads forward, galley aft. Large stern cockpit with main cabin headroom of 5’ 10” under sky-light. Approximately 5’ 3” elsewhere. 

Constructed of carvel mahogany planks on oak frames. Deck ½” pine planks, overlaid with marine ply, fibreglass-reinforced epoxy and non-slip painted. 

Mahogany fore hatch, 1’ 6” x 1’ 6” clear opening. Mahogany skylight over cabin, 3’3” x 2’4” wide, with rod guards. 8 no. 5 ½” clear opening port lights. 

Main cabin 2 settee-berths with cloth-covered foam mattresses. Backs drop down to form full-length (6’ 6'3”) berths), drop- leaf central table, locker, hanging locker, bookshelf and pin rail shelves. Taylor Model 079K paraffin-burner heater in SS case, mounted on bulkhead, with SS flue through insulated skin-fitting in deck to SS cowl.

Chain-locker in bows. Sea-toilet / chemical WC. Wash-basin. Hatch to foredeck.


Timber mast approx. 15’ long x 4” diameter in deck-tabernacle. Wire shrouds with bottle screws, 


Porta Potti chemical WC. Original Simpson-Lawrence ‘Junior included loose for refitting if required to original inlet and outlet skin-fitting with sea-cocks .
White plastic corner basin with ‘Whale’ flip-pump tap and manual cold supply from tank under stern 

Safety gear

Galvanized pulpit rail steel, painted White lifebuoy with name ‘Daphne – London’. 
Original boarding ladder with removable mahogany boarding steps and brass fittings, for starboard side Three 1.36 kg dry-powder fire extinguishers. Fire blanket 
Whale Gusher 10 manual bilge pump. Two electric, with float switches. Spare electric pump

Deck Equipment

Bower anchor – Approx. 14kg galv. Brittany anchor on approx. 26 fathoms of galvanised chain. Kedge – grapnel on 2m galvanised chain and 15mm polyester warp
Simpson Lawrence SL Hy-Speed manual with operating lever .
1 pair painted timber legs to take ground (bolt/wing nut through hull)
Helmsman’s mahogany grating. 3’ x 1’ 6” 
Red Ensign on white painted staff for stern. 
Warps and fenders, boathook, deck mop  
Removable cockpit cover with zipped access panel new in 2000. Laced down over 3 no. removable galvanised  steel hoops. 
Removable white PVC cover to skylight. 
Removable white PVC cover between galley and cockpit with clear ‘window’, and lace-up access panel
Wheel steering with cables to quadrant, and tiller. 


Galley under aft extension of cabin deck, with hanging-locker.
White plastic sink and drainer over locker with ‘Whale’ flip-pump tap and manual cold supply from tank under stern 
Taylor's Model 028 gimballed 2-burner paraffin cooker Hob with grill under. 
Pots and pans and cutlery.   


Morris Navigator Mark 2 4-cylinder 1498cc petrol engine no. 496.
Raw water cooled, on solid mounts 2:1 reduction gearbox driving original stern gear inc. 
3-blade fixed pitch bronze propeller 18 ½” dia. 16” pitch. Rope-cutter fitted.
Rev-counter, ammeter, oil-pressure gauge, temp. gauge, engine hours.
LRP petrol. Approx. 1 gall. per hour @ at 6 knots. 12 gallon tank should give approximately 12 hour range.


Approximately 10 gall. flexible water tank fitted under cockpit stern seat, with vent, and original 1 ½ ” diameter brass filler cap in stern deck. 
12 gall. galvanised steel original petrol tank under stern deck, with dip-stick, vent, and original 3” diameter brass filler cap in stern deck.  

Approximately 1 gallon pressurised stainless steel cylinder for paraffin in galley below cooker, piped to cooker and and cabin-heater

Electrics / Electronics

Dynamo Lucas C4 .12v 
110 amp/hr Varta battery. (September 2001)
240v shorepower inlet socket. 240v/12v Mastervolt IVO Smart 12/25-2 battery charger.
Aquasignal port, starboard, stern and steaming/anchor lights. 
Deck socket. 
Interior lights; cabin light, two bunk reading lights,. Heads and galley lights, 1 roving-lead light from socket in Galley, Cigar lighter socket. 
Trumpet horn 

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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact the owner, Peter Makower on: - 0208 994 0232 
email peter.makower@freeuk.com
The particulars given above are believed to be correct but the Vendor does not make or give and neither the Broker nor any person in its employment has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty in relation to this vessel in respect of which any Purchaser must rely on his own inspection.
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