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The history of our boats – Collie

The story of Collie: One of our customers talks to us about a previous boat he owned and kept here.

Collie was once a two master sailing pinnacle built circa 1890 she was then converted to serve for HMS Hermes in Devonport. During the second world war she was converted to a fire boat when Hermes went down to the Indian Ocean.  Sunk by the Luftwaffe in 1941 she was recommissioned to fight again!  After the war she was located to HMS Defiance the navy torpedo school.

Terry Young of Young Boats Ore Creek brought her into the 21st century with his skill and craftsmanship, much admired by HMS Northumberland who donated her number three battle ensign at the London Boat Show. Collie is truly one of our nations remarkable stories and her history is well documented in Classic Boat March 2007.

Read more about Collie at the National Historic Ships register:

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