W. White & Sons, Vectis Works, Cowes

Most of these details come from the 1939 Lloyds Register of Yachts of the boats built by W.White & Sons at the Vectis Works, West Cowes, however, also included are some other vessels known to have been built by them - note that some of the vessels had had their names changed since launch.

Some of the vessels are described as 'Composite' construction, it's obviously was not modern-day 'Composite', but the framework of the hull was probably steel, with timber planking.

A * in the last column indicates the details have been checked with the Lloyds Register for Yachts (LR), 1934, previous names (as documented in the Lloyds Registers) are prefixed 'ex' which may be followed by the LR year these were the recorded name. LRS - Lloyds Register of Shipping. $ = LRY 1962.

The name in the first column is the latest name identified, previous names, where known, are listed in the 'history' column.

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Update 29 April 2021

name construction ton  year built type length (ft)
Gaby III  Steel 27 1883 Screw Schooner originally steam, converted to Deutz 2-cy 28 (ex LR1905 & 1931 Express, LR1900 & 1939 Gaby III) 65.6 *
Intrepid (design only) Wooden Cutter 9 1885 (M Ratsey) Built by H. Bannister 30.6 *
Ran Steel & Iron 43 1885 Single Screw Schooner design by St. C. J. Byrne (ex LR1905 Verano, ex Thrasher, LR1931 Ran) 64.2 *
Lhasa (design only)  Wooden Auxilary Yawl 26 1887 (M Ratsey) built by G. Marvin. (1931ex Stilta, ex St Christophe, ex Aranella) 45.5 *
Luna Steel Screw Schooner 101 1887 LR 1890, 1905 - Designed by C P Clayton, engine by Lobnitz, Renfrew 97.6
Sou’wester  Composite 95 1891 Screw Schooner (LR1900 & 1939, LR1905 Vista, LR1931/4 Strathspey, LR1939 Sou’wester ) 108.5
Kathleen Irene Wood 26 1891 Single Screw Schooner (ex LR1905 Elsie, ex Vergemere, LR1931/4 Kathleen Irene) 66 *
Simone Iron 148 1891 Single Screw Schooner (ex LR1905 Ysam, ex Orietta, ex La Gaiola, ex Signa, LR1931 Simone) 117.4 * $
Elena Iron 121 1892 Screw Schooner ( ex LR1905 Moonbeam, LR 1900, 1931 & 1939 Elena) 126
Nirvana  Wood 36 1892 Screw Schooner (ex Traveller) 76 * $
Sheila  Composite 52 1893 Screw Schooner 79 *
Maria Joâo  Steel 317 1894 Screw Schooner (ex Ave Maria, ex The Queen, ex LR1905 Paulina, (1910 Marquis of Zetland, Mr. Shuttleworth,) ec LR1931, 1934 Istar, LR1900 & 1939 Maria Joâo) - picture 154 *
Peridot  Wood 43 1894 Screw Schooner 75 *
Lady Betty  Composite 69 1895 Screw Ketch (ex Chimera, ex LR1900 LR1905 Perlona, LR1931 & 1939 Lady Betty ) 80 * $
Falaise Composite 71 1896 Single Screw Ketch (ex Edita, ex Maggi III, ex Carmela, LR 1905, 1931/4 Falaise) 77.4 *
Goshawk  Wood 58 1896 Screw Schooner (ex Magda, ex Andree, ex Yvonne, ex St. Jean, ex Goshawk) 80 *
Cowes Floating Bridge     1896 Chain Ferry link
Zaneta  Composite 115 1897 Screw Schooner 95.48 *
Aloma  Composite 66 1898 Screw Schooner (ex LR1905 White Kitten, ex ClaymoreII, ex LR1931 Snowflake, ex Chantieleer, LR1900 & 1934 Aloma ) 91.3 * $
Dorothy  Steel 54 1898 Screw Schooner (ex Maniton, ex Darling) 88.8 *
Volage  Wood 26 1899 Steam Yacht (LR 1900, 1905, 1931 & 1939) 26 * $
Thistle  Steel 59 1899 Screw Schooner (ex Arzilla, ex St. Kilda) 86.9 *
Vindafjord Steel 142 1901 Screw Schooner (LRS 1930 - ex Steamer, ex Yt. Pilgrim) 113.3
Hibernia Composite 153 1902 Screw Schooner (ex LR1905 Belinda, ex Parlourde II, ex LR1931, 1939 Hibernia ) 137 *
Sheila  Steel 80 1904 Screw Schooner 79.3 * $
Gitana  Composite 29 1905 Screw Ketch (ex LR1905 Jade, LR1900, 1931 & 1939 Gitana ) 62 * $
Cowes Floating Bridge No 1 Steel   1909 Chain Ferry link
MB 278 - renamed Susan K Wood 8.85 1914 Naval Pinnace 30
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Prudence Wood 3 1918 Single Screw Launch 20.1 *

The following vessels are recorded in the Lloyds Registers of the year(s) quoted, no other information has been establisbed.

name construction ton  year built Lloyds register entries  
Marchesa   160   LR 1890, 1905  
Antelope   20   LR 1890  
Bairn   2   LR 1905  
Berceuse   46   LR 1905  
Bronzewing   83   LR 1905  
Bulldog   24   LR 1905  
Chrysoprase   36   LR 1905  
Circo   65   LR 1931  
Daisy   78   LR 1890  
Danitza   78   LR 1905  
Dolphin   6   LR 1905  
Dozmanse   37   LR 1905  
Ehoysp   4   LR 1905, 1931  
Erendard   33   LR 1905  
Eyervier   10   LR 1905  
Flamingo   26   LR 1905  
Galates   42   LR 1905  
Ghost   27   LR 1890  
Glowworm   10   LR 1905  
Herewood   13   LR 1890  
Hornet   11   LR 1905  
Ibis   11   LR 1890  
Icena   74   LR 1890  
Insect   37   LR 1890  
Iris   11   LR 1905  
Jacqueline   48   LR 1905  
Kathleen   70   LR 1905  
Kitty   11   LR 1905  
Lenore   27   LR 1905  
Linaste   96   LR 1905  
Linotte   90   LR 1890  
Maia   44   LR 1905, 1931  
Marcella   160   LR 1905  
Maria   11   LR 1905  
Mary   61   LR 1905  
Medina   37   LR 1905  
Mona   23   LR 1905  
Moppy   42   LR 1931  
Pilgrim   151   LR 1905  
Psycho   10   LR 1905  
Pup   3   LR 1905  
Rambler   25   LR 1905  
Rover   7   LR 1905  
Samara   108   LR 1905  
Sarnitza   58   LR 1905  
Scamp   19   LR 1905  
Speedwell   21   LR 1905  
Veraho   33   LR 1905  
Zinaida   84   LR 1905  

 



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