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Custom Gentleman's Thames Cruiser built by Richmond Slipways

York, United Kingdom
Price £28,450.

?Felicita?. A Classic Gentleman?s Thames Cruiser with connections to ?HMS Titanic? and the ?Little Ships of Dunkirk?. This boat has been the subject of a 5 year restoration which has included back to bare wood preparation and finishing, rewiring ,re plumbing , engine service and overhaul, together with many sympathetic modern improvements that enable stays aboard both convenient and pleasant. She comes with a current BSS safety certificate and independent structural presale survey confirming she is in good condition for a boat of her age and provenance. Viewing by appointment only.


Boat Details.


  • Construction: Wood


  • Length (Feet): 27
  • Length (Metres): 8.23
  • Beam: 9 feet
  • Max Draft: 3 feet
  • LOA: 27 feet


  • Number of Engines: 1
  • Engine Make: BMC
  • Engine Model: 2.2L
  • Fuel: Diesel


Felicita" (meaning happiness in Italian) Originally named 'Peppers Pride", her name was changed to Felicita in 1966.

Built by Richmond Slipways Ltd in 1960...and registered number 302511 a 27ft Gentleman's Thames Cruiser Motor ship with single screw.Richmond Slipways was founded by Charles Herbert Lightoller RNR. DSC (1874 - 1952).

The Commander's life and career was crammed with adventure. He had gone to sea at 13, survived four ship- wrecks, was marooned on a desert island, mined gold in the Klondike, rammed and sunk a German U-boat with his destroyer in the First World War.In 1940 Commander Lightoller took his motor yacht "Sundowner" to Dunkirk and rescued 127 Soldiers from the Normandy beaches. Sundowner is preserved at the Maritime Museum in Ramsgate.

Commander Lightoller was the senior surviving officer of the Titanic in 1912. Going down with the ship he took charge of an upturned lifeboat and was the last survivor to be rescued.He represented the White Star line at the London and New York enquiries into the disaster.

In 1947 ,in partnership with an old friend and his surviving son ,Commander Lightoller moved to East Twickenham and set up a boatyard at 1 Ducks Walk, opposite the site of the old Tudor palace. ‘Richmond Slipways’ as it was called, built seven boats.Six of these were purchased by London Police to patrol the Thames.Only one was sold privately to a retired naval officer ,George Alfred Pepper and aptly named “Peppers Pride”.She was renamed ‘Felicita’ in October 1967 .

The Commander passed away peacefully in his boatyard just before Christmas 1952.

His memory has been immortalised recently in the Warner Brothers 2017 film “Dunkirk”.Commander Lightoller was portrayed as Mr.Dawson played by actor Mark Rylance.



Built 1960 by Richmond Slipways Ltd

27ft (8.57M) Carvel built Wooden Motor Yacht, Constructed of Teak on an Oak frame. Teak inlaid decks.

Beam; 9ft 5/10 (2.87M)

4 Berth (2 Single berths in Aft Cabin,1 Double Berth in Galley from converted dining table)

Wheelhouse seating the Captain and three passengers complete with sliding sun roof.

Single Screw and fitted with BMC Commander 2.2 Litre Diesel engine ,together with a Borg Warner. Gearbox and reduction drive.

Maximum Design Speed 6 Knots

Twin Diesel Fuel Tanks

Webasto Top C Diesel night heater with electric air blowers

Immersion heater fitted

Jabsco Electric Toilet.

Heads converted to toilet and shower room with modern fitments.

Galley consists of bespoke made to measure storage cupboards with Corian work surface.Brand new Waeco CRX50 12v/240v Compression fridge,Microwave and Gas Oven,Hob & Grill complete the installation.

Sovos Flip Down Digital TV and DVD player together with amplified source seeking aerial.

USB charging points throughout

VHF radio.

Hummingbird Pirahnamax…..depth and fishfinder fitted