The Suffolk and Norfolk Beach Yawls

By Ernest R. Cooper, published August 1927


The yawls have disappeared from active life within the previous quarter century. The Bittern built in 1890 still survives as a dismantled hull and a model of it has been made for the Southwold Sailors’ Reading Room. A crew of 20 to 25 was required and the yawls could reach speeds of sixteen knots. Before, and in the early days of, lifeboats the yawls saved hundreds of lives and many vessels from shipwreck. The advent of lifeboats, then steam colliers along with subsequent changes in the pilotage service effectively ended the working life of the yawls.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

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