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—- SOLD – May 2018 —-
44ft. LOCH FYNE SKIFF, designed by William Campbell and built in 1926 by Noble & Co. of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, converted to a private yacht in 1980s


Boat Details

Overall Length: 44ft
Waterline: 41ft
Beam: 13ft 8ins
Draught: 5ft 8ins
Displacement: 14.54 Tons
Engine: 72hp Ford 4D Diesel
Berths: 10
Sail: Gaff Cutter Rig
Designer: William Campbell
Builder: Nobles of Fraserburgh
Year Built: 1926
Location: Ireland


Fairy Queen was first registered in Campbeltown (CN 128) by James Robertson in 1926, he came from a long line of family fishermen. Later, in new ownership, she was registered in Wick, Lerwick, Inverness and Broadford. One of her former keepers also owned Auskerry Island, Orkney and ferried the author Leslie Thomas around the islands. In 1978 -1980 Fairy Queen fishing out of Killala, County Mayo, Ireland. The present owner bought Fairy Queen over 30 years ago and converted her to a traditional private yacht.

Fairy Queen is of carvel construction 1.5″ larch planked, galvanised iron fastened to 3″ x 4″ oak frames at about 9″ centres. Grown oak floors and oak centreline with steel keel bolts re-newed in 1990. 4.5 tons internal cast-iron ballast. Laid larch deck on marine ply with full-width larch coachroof over the original fish-hold with large fully glazed skylight.

Gaff Cutter Rig. Keel stepped 40ft douglas fir mast, 27ft boom and 25ft bowsprit. Plough wire standing rigging replaced in 2008. Set of tan sails.
72hp Ford 4 Cylinder diesel engine (1976) re-built in 1986. Serviced in May 2014. Borg-Warner gearbox, driving a centre-line 24 x14 phosphor bronze propeller. Eight batteries. 12-24 and 240-volt electrics. 80 gallons fuel capacity.

Traditional style accommodation for up to ten including aft cabin.
Marine WC with washbasin.
Galley with two burner gas cooker, stainless steel sink with pressurised sea water tap, 60 gallons fresh water capacity, pantry and crockery lockers.
Navigation station.
Self-draining cockpit with wheel steering. Instrument repeaters. Engine controls.
Manual anchor windlass. Traditional period deck fittings.


Bosun’s chair
Gimballed 2 ring gas cooker
FM stereo with USB port
Yamaha Inflatable Dinghy with 8hp outboard motor
8 Inflatable lifejackets
Various charts of Northern Europe and the Mediterranean
Chart plotter, NASA Distance and Speed log, NASA Echo sounder, Garmin GPS
200ft chain, Fisherman’s anchor, Plough anchor


Classic Yacht Brokerage would have no hesitation in recommending this fine old Loch Fyne Skiff, without doubt, a significant part of our maritime heritage, a survivor from a bygone age and now extremely rare. Fairy Queen is offered at a realistic price with scope for on-going internal alteration if required.

Registered National Historic Ship – 2776
GUIDE: SOLD – May 2018
VIEWING: Through Classic Yacht Brokerage
LYING: Ireland