“Gull” was originally built in 1958 by R A Hamper in Fareham Hampshire for use as the Hamble – Warsash Ferry. She was licenced to carry twelve passengers and worked through to 1985 when she was retired from service. She then had a succession of owners before falling into disrepair and was laid up in Hamble. She was brought in 2011 by two local brothers as a Saturday morning ‘project’ this turned into two years of Saturdays whilst they painstaking restored her to her former glory with a new transom, keel and stem and several new planks and frame repairs. They had re-engineered her with an old two cylinder Petter diesel and had two eventful years enjoying her. But the engine become unreliable so with after much frustration with it they put her up for sale. We brought her in 2015 as I had spent many passages up and down the Hamble admiring her fine lines as a tidy up and re engine project.
Whilst chatting through the plans with boys at R.K Marine Boatyard, the idea dawned that there was the possibility of transforming the boat to electric power, which would be a fine way to explore the peace and tranquility of the upper reaches of the Hamble. This gem of an idea moved on to could she actually go back to her original task of carrying the public for their enjoyment. Hence the new version of ‘Gull’was born.
She is now available for pleasure trips and private charter, from her base in Hamble River Boat Yard, when the tide is high we can go upstream towards Manor Farm Country Park and the Horse and Jockey pub, when the tide is low she explores downstream to the picturesque village of Hamble and Warsash. Life like in times gone by is organised by the ebb and flow of the tide.
Here we have produced a brief pictorial history of Gull over her life. If you or your family remember her and have photos of her past we would be delighted to hear from you.
Gull in her prime.
As found in 2011.
The brothers doing their bit.
What they ended up with.
What I passed most days on the river.
When we bought her the engine was poorly.
That will be why, main crankshaft snapped!
Every bit of paint was scraped back, rubbed down and she was repainted to within an inch of her life.
Gleaming again 🙂
New electric engine in place, lots to do.
Batteries lined up ready for re power.
A busy engine bay, motor, controller and charging system.
New rope fender stretched and whipped, then stretched and whipped again!
Gull ready in the slings for her re-launch.
To read about and watch the launch of Gull after her restoration click here.