Lady Ailsa : Tidy 9 ton Hillyard For Sale
Lady Ailsa was launched as My Lady Ailsa in 1955. Her first owner, Major MC Bird, for whom she was built, commissioned another new Hillyard, this time of 19 tons, in 1959, taking the name with him. At this point the new owner of the Major's old boat renamed her Valtris. She went under this name until at least 1980. There's then around thirty 'unknown' years until 2009 when her current owner, Vincent Van Walt bought her, then 'almost' under her original name, Lady Ailsa. Vincent was an active member of the Hillyard Owners' Association, as the honorary secretary around 2010. Heavy work commitments, many abroad, have resulted in Lady Ailsa now being up for sale for £10,000 through the Wooden Ships Brokerage.
Lady Ailsa Statistics
Built : 1955 by David Hillyard at Littlehampton, England
LOA : 32' 6"
LWL : 28' 9"
Beam : 8' 8"
Draught : 5' 0"
Displacement : 9 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 186942
Signal Letters : ZQX13
MMSI : 235000748
Lady Ailsa Custodians & Home Ports
Vincent Van Walt (?-2009-2017...) Portsmouth, England
Sqn Ldr MJ Farey RAF (1980-?) Hamble River, England
Cdr SL Purkiss RNR FRICS (1963-1979) Bosham, England
SL Purkiss & GSW Marshall TD (1959-1962) Torquay, Devon, England
Major MC Bird TD (1955-1958) Littlehampton, England
Page last updated : December 2017