The Waterbug of VIPs
Ballon's previous owners include an Admiral and a Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy. Both have a page on Wikipedia. I read with interest that Vice Admiral Sir Charles Mills commanded the destroyer HMS Daring (and the 2nd Destroyer Squadron) in 1959 as I remember building an Airfix model of HMS Daring as a child. I've been unable to locate Ballon's current whereabouts or a photograph of her, although I have unearthed one of the Vice Admiral.
Built : 1959 by JW & A Upham Ltd of Brixham
LOA : 24' 4"
LWL : 21' 0"
Beam : 8' 3"
Draught : 4' 5"
Displacement : 6 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 300261
Ballon Custodians & Home Ports
CP Chandler (?-1980-?) St Peter Port
P Le G Bisson (1975-1977-?) Guernsey
Vice Admiral Sir Charles Piercy Mills KCB, CBE, DSC
& Lady Mills (1969-1974) Guernsey
Mrs HB Pearn (1967-1968) Plymouth
Admiral Sir Nigel Stuart Henderson KCB OBE (1965-1966) Plymouth
AJJ Farley (1963-1964) Plymouth
Mrs KR Tatton (1959-1962) Brixham
Page last updated : December 2017