In the 1930's Hamleys of London sold a range of pond yachts with Union Jack transfers on the keel. The best known is the smallest at 18 inches plus bowsprit which is known as the "Reg no" which was written on the transfers.
This is one of the largest and consequently, one of the rarest. She has the Union Jack transfers with Wheelhouse written across.
The hull is carved from solid, hollowed with a separate deck. The hull is in good condition and has its original varnish. The varnish is a little dull in places with some scratches and marks. It also has original varnish on the deck which has some patches of snakeskin patterns which you often see on yachts of this age.
She is rigged with 2 foresails, a flying jib and a bermuden main. All the sails are in good order with no holes or tears although, as you can see in the photographs, there are some rust stains.
All this range of yachts were fitted with a complicated self steering system. The difference with this yacht is that the steering gear is chromed. This is also true of the ballast, and many of the other fittings. The bowsies are also chromed but some have been replaced over the years.
She has a lovely burgee which has a Bishops Mitre sewn on it.
She has a wonderful hull shape and was obviously sold as a serious sailing yacht so it is not surprising that this is the only one of these yacht we have ever seen.
She would have been very expensive when new.
A very rare and collectable yacht.
1930's Hamleys Union Jack Wheelhouse Pond yacht-Sold
Length: 77.5cm (30.5") plus bowsprit 93cms overall Beam: 18cm (7") overall height 127cms (50")