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Sold – 36ft. HISTORIC MOTOR CRUISER – 1942 – D-Day Landings Veteran – Project – Lying: Chichester



Boat Details

Overall Length: 36ft.
Waterline: 34ft.
Beam: 10ft. 4ins
Draught: 3ft. 4ins
Displacement: 15 Tons Thames Measurement
Engine: Pair 60hp BETA DIESEL ENGINES (2018)
Berths: Potential 4/6 Berths
Sail: n/a
Designer: Admiralty
Builder: Lady Bee Ltd. Shoreham
Year Built: 1942
Location: West Sussex


ORDE WINGATE was one of a small number of Admiralty designed naval pinnaces built by Lady Bee Ltd. of Shoreham in 1942. In 1944 she took part in the historic D-Day Landings. After being sold out of service she was converted to a private motor-yacht by V H Haynes of Dinnet House, Hambrook Hill, Chichester, a member of the Little Ship Club. Registered in London in the early 1950s with the official number 186239. ORDE WINGATE is named after Major-General Orde Charles Wingate DSO (1903 – 1944) who Churchill described as ‘ one of the most brilliant and courageous figures of the 2nd World War – a man of genius who might well have become a man of destiny’ Orde Wingate is remembered for his creation of the Chindit Forces who’s missions in Japan during the Burma Campaign are legendary.

ORDE WINGATE now requires a complete refit with work commencing this past Summer under the guidance of a specialist wooden boat surveyor. The copper sheathing has been removed to gain access to the carvel planked larch hull, which is copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers. The deck structure, wheelhouse and aft coachroof are in need of some renovation and the interior has been carefully removed and is in dry storage. ORDE WINGATE retains many original and period fittings and was converted in the Dunkirk Little Ship style of the 1930s.

PAIR 60hp BETA DIESEL ENGINES fitted new in 2018, requiring overhaul and service due to lack of use.


Stabilising sail and boom.
Garmin G.P.S
VHF Radio
Large fitted double bed with storage beneath (in storage)
Fitted settees with storage beneath (in storage)
Electric heads and vintage hand basin and tap.
Webasco diesel warm air heating to all cabins.
Large galley with work surfaces, full-sized fridge, three-ring cooker and oven, ample storage cupboards.
Art deco lamps throughout with LED fittings.
Fitted heater in aft cabin.
Flue for woodburner
Big selection of fenders and shorelines.
Quantity of vintage tools.


ORDE WINGATE is an important part of England’s maritime history and is one of only a few surviving Admiralty boats from the D-Day landings in Normandy. A very worthwhile and straightforward restoration project to re-create a fine river, estuary or coastal motor cruiser ideal as a weekend retreat, second home or permanent liveaboard. Contact us for more information, photographs or to arrange to view the boat.

GUIDE: Sold – January 2021



DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or images or warrant the condition of the vessel, machinery or rig.  Buyers should instruct their representative, agents or their surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer requires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.