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    £ 40,000

    Devonport - Naval Pinnace for sale

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    40ft Naval Pinnace constructed of double diagonal teak on grown oak frames (best of the best)

    She is powered by twin thornycroft db2 engines

    She was built by Devonport Dockyard for the Royal Navy.
    Vessels name is Caretta
    Built in 1898 originally known as m33

    Caretta has a statement declaring the vessel as a item of significant national importance
    She is on the national historic ship register
    She is on Britain’s surviving war ship register
    Gallipoli ship register

    Caretta was built in 1898 and was used as a river patrol boat and armed with a bow chaser gun..

    She later came back into use in the 1st world war as a gun boat on battleship patrol and was used off the French coast and later due to age and expendability she was sent to Gallipoli for the landings and to help cover the troops
    Here she had her original gun removed and was refitted with a maxim machine gun
    She was also later used in the Gallipoli evacuation
    at the end of the First World War the Royal Navy decided to remove her original steam engines and refit her with two internal combustion engines of which proved unsatisfactory at the time
    She was later sold into private hands where shortly after the First World War she underwent a conversion into a gentleman’s motor yacht and was fitted with two thornycroft db2 engines which proved to be perfect for the vessel

    These engines are still fitted and are up and running to this day...

    This however was not the end of Carettas Naval career
    She was later pulled back into service to be used by the Royal Navy for the evacuation of Dunkirk operation Dynamo
    After which Caretta was found dumped in a English harbour listing and was described as in a bad damaged state with one seized engine
    After the war she was then sold back into private ownership again

    Over the years caretta has had a couple of owners and has sailed up and down the French and English and Dutch canals
    She was also sailed in the North Sea

    I purchased the vessel after it had been left ashore for a number of years
    Where she was found to be in a poor state
    Of which she has now been restored back to its original condition complete with its original working thornycroft engines and is now a fully working fully sea going museum piece

    The hull has not been touched and has never needed to be fixed and is as good as the day it was made and has remained unchanged since it was made
    However there are a number of bullet holes which have been fixed

    This vessel would make a fantastic floating museum or even a liveaboard vessel
    Caretta is packed with ww1 and ww2 memorabilia even down to ww1 food rashens posters etc etc

    There is a lot more history to see and read if you are interested ....

    You can type in Caretta 1898 on a google search where there is various amounts of information that will pop up

    Caretta has become quite a famous boat
    Now with her well documented history
    Caretta has also been issued with a award to ignollege restoration work which has been carried out on her
    The restoration work has also been monitored by various other maritime museums
    Who have shown great interest in the vessel

    Carettas living accommodation

    Caretta has a large gallery forward which has a original 1800’s paraffin cooker
    Cooled wine cellar

    Back from that is a large spacious saloon which has ample seating for at least 8 people a lovely 1920/1930 wood burner all the original lights and fixings all powered by paraffin original photos of boat from Gallipoli and 2nd world war
    seats also make two forward bunks

    Back from this we have a fully enclosed wheel house which has seating for 3 people plus one at helms man seat and two fold up tables

    Back again you have a large walk through engine room with port and starboard engine named Sampson and Delilah and a workshop complete with bench and vice and a toilet vintage Henry crapper toilet

    Caretta also has a aft cabin which consists of 3bunks
    all the interior has remained unchanged since 1930s

    Caretta has very large fresh water storage tank and well as two large fuel tanks
    There is also a old refurbished Taylor’s heater for the aft cabin fitted...

    Everything on board the vessel works and the vessel is completely dry reguardless of how heavy rain maybe outside

    The inventory onboard this vessel is vast way too much too list

    There are a number of engine spare parts also included in sale of vessel

    This is a chance to own a very comfortable fully functioning liveaboard boat with a massive history that can only ever go up in price...

    The boat has also receantly been in a number of national news papers
    The sun
    The daily mirror
    The daily mail
    Daily express
    Isle of Wight county press
    Also on the island echo
    And Isle of Wight radio... (where you can see engines running)

    Caretta has been estimated to be worth anything between £80,000 to £160,000

    We’ve been asking a fraction of this price as we are needing to sell the vessel in order to move on to our next chapter in our lives

    We’re currently looking for a larger motor cruiser or canal boat or holiday home... so we’re open to a px swap within ebay rules.... I’ll buy yours you buy mine......

    We would even consider another project if we like it

    NO time wasters please

    Vessel may stay on current mooring until
    End October 2018 which is paid until this date....

    Please note I am looking for another boat larger or holiday home.....

    I do not want to swap for a Rover
    Burger van
    I cannot deliver this boat

    Buyer is responsible for transporting or sailing away the vessel

    However I do have a number for a haulage company if required

    Any questions which I haven’t covered in description phone text or email
    I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible and answer and questions you may have

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    £ 40,000
    Category:Motor Boats
    Subcategory:Classic Motor Boats
    Model:Naval Pinnace
    Mooring Country:United Kingdom
    Year built:1898
    Length:11 m/36 ft
    Engine manufacturer:Thornycroft db2
    No. of engines:2
    Conditionvery goodSale TypeUsed
    SteeringWheel controlMaterial deckTeak
    No. of cabins2No. of berths5
    WC & bathrooms1
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