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"The Galley of Lorne", TSDY by Frederick Parker Lying  Essex

Deck Gear and Sail


The Galley of Lorne was built in Cowes in 1962, but the story of any boat starts with its inception. George Campbell, cousin to the eleventh Duke of Argyll decided that he wanted a boat to spend the family holidays at the then fashionable town of Deauville. He wanted a strong capable boat that would automatically have a pedigree and so on advice went to Frederick Parker, FRINA of Warsash, Hampshire one of the Country's most notable motor boat designers. Frederick Parker had designed a boat in 1952 which was built by Moodys on the Hamble and this basic design was suggested to Mr. Campbell. George Campbell wanted a slightly larger saloon rather than keeping the small after cockpit as on the 1952 boat so the superstructure was redrawn making this modification.

  The Campbell Coat of Arms showing the Galley of Lorne

For a boat to have this built in pedigree that George Campbell was looking for, three fundamental things must be present. The designer had been taken care of, so it remained to choose a builder and the right choice would ensure the third ingredient, namely the materials, which would be to superior specifications. R.W. Clark of Cowes were chosen as the builders. This was a logical choice as, apart from having a very long reputation for a high standard of work, they were the yard appointed to maintain the Duke of Edinburgh's yacht "Bloodhound". As would be expected, with the combination of Parker and R.W. Clark, it was decided to build to Lloyds 100A1; it is true that the boat has not been kept in Class beyond 1976, but the strong and thorough construction and care in building has stood The Galley of Lorne in good stead.

The building went according to plan and she was launched in 1962 and naturally enough she was photographed by Keith Beken. This photograph is displayed in the boat's saloon and forms a hinged cover to hide the Sony colour all systems television set. Although no expense was spared in the building of his boat George Campbell had no intention of any serious yachting. Her trips to Deauville were made by the builders who left her there for the owners to journey by ferry for their holidays; the builders were then engaged to collect the boat and return her to the Solent.

She has had eight registered owners although the second and third were only brought about by the demise of George Campbell and the estate proceedings. The next three owners did not keep the boat for any serious cruising and did not keep her for very long, but they each generally kept her in good condition. The seventh owner had all necessary work done by Universal Shipyards on the Hamble and kept the boat for just over three years. He sold her to the present owner's late husband in 1988. 

The present owners bought her in 1988  and at each winter lay-up ashore gave a shipwright carte blanche to attend to any faults he finds to maintain the fabric of the boat as he considered necessary. She was re-equipped with the most up-to-date electronics, charging systems and general fittings and was re-engined in 1999 at which time all her water tanks and fuel tanks were also renewed. 


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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel:  +44(0) 1206 305 996
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