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The Gaff Rigged Cutter built in 1922



May : Sunk in the War
May was built in 1922 to a Lancashire Nobby / Morecambe Bay Prawner design for shrimping in the Dee Estuary, one of only three boats built at Holylake in the Wirral. Named after May Crossfield, the owner and builder's wife, May continued to fish off North Wales under the registered number of CH11 until in the early 1940s she was sunk in Dukes Dock during a German bombing raid of Liverpool. In 1986 David Wilson, Secretary of the Nobby Owners Association commissioned a professional re-build of the vessel. After the restoration he showed her off by winning the Liverpool Nobby Race.
Other Nobby and Nobby related boats on this website include Anna Ellidi, Peggy, Harbringer, Ploughboy, Juanita, Ziska, Naiad and Ethel.

May Advert
May being advertised in Classic Boat, May 2013

May Statistics
Built : 1922 by William Crossfield & Sons in Arnside, Cumbria, England
LOA : 32' 0" (+ bowspit)
LWL : 28' 0"
Beam : 9' 0"
Draught : 3' 6"
Displacement : 10 tons TM
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OGA : N° 1486
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May Custodians & Home Ports
Leigh Rihan (2015-2020...) Bristol Channel, England
Barry Sharrat (1995-2015) Lancashire, England
David Wilson (1986-1987-?) Lancashire, England

May Links
May on the Coburg Brokerage website (2013)

Page last updated : January 2020


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