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Sunday, 26 April 2015

ST HELEN Retired

The final ship launched from the Leith Shipyards ST HELEN Ship No 535 has now been retired from British waters by her owners WightLink.

Retirement cake for the passenger ferry ST HELEN

St Helen retired after the 11:30 sailing from Fishbourne on Thursday March 26th after performing a final unscheduled round trip for invited guests, ex-staff and enthusiasts.

Amongst our guests were children from St Helen's primary school who were invited because her first passengers in 1983 were children of that very same school.


Her final traffic was led onboard by a 1983 Rover SD1 police car with it's blue lights flashing.


A buffet and cake was enjoyed onboard and she was given a salute of numerous blasts by St Clare as she left Fishbourne.

For more on the story visit ST HELEN


Sunday, 5 April 2015


The build of the BRITISH COAST model ship continues with a launch date approaching soon and as you can see from these photographs the model of this famous old Leith built Ship is looking very good with lots of work, time and attention to detail going into the making of the model, the finished vessel will be put into the water as a real working model.
You will see many more photographs of the building of this fine model on the website and we would encourage any other model making enthusiasts out there to send in your pictures of your particular model build, especially if it has a connection to a Leith Shipyard.

The BRITISH COAST almost near completion and looking very good in the late winter sunshine.

The Starboard light is detailed and it works as well

A lot of her original woodwork is replicated here as well to show her open bridge and decking

This photograph shows her builders name plate as Henry Robb Shipbuilders, Leith