A Fully Restored Cyclone
Little Kingfisher may be old but she's in tip-top condition, having been completely re-furbished by shipwright Paul Drake in Tollesbury in the years leading up to 2009. She's frequently to be seen in the Solent. She was one of the nine Harrison Butler boats that gathered on the Newtown River in July 2014. Along with her husband Dan, Little Kingfisher is owned by Hannah Mathews, neé Cunliffe. She is the daughter of sailor, writer and broadcaster Tom Cunliffe.
For Sale, November 2016
Little Kingfisher is a good size for a couple, but with a growing family Hannah and Dan have decided that they need a bigger boat; Little Kingfisher is now SOLD.
Before World War II, Kingfisher (as she was then) was sailed to Scandinavia. Unfortunately she was left behind in a fjord when war broke out. To make matters worse she was ice-bound for a time which roughed her up, and distorted her shape. However, once the war was over she was rescued by an Army Officer who had her transported back to the Isle of Wight in an Army lorry.
Little Kingfisher Statistics
Built : 1926 by AH Watty of Fowey, Cornwall
LOA : 21' 6"
Beam : 7' 3"
Draught : 4'
Displacement : 4 tons TM
Lloyd's Registration N° : 182242, Cowes
OGA Boat Number : 1240
Little Kingfisher, c1950
Little Kingfisher Custodians & Home Ports
Dan and Hannah Matthews (2012-2017) Solent
The Birchall Family (1994-2012) Tollesbury, Mawansmith (Cornwall)
Richard Best (1975-?) Woolverstone
AE Bloomfield (?-1954-1975) Woodbridge
Major DS Sole (?-1952-?) Cowes
Maj-Gen Sir Horace Roome KCIE CB CBE MC (?-1947-1950-?) Yarmouth IoW
John C Carter (?-1939-?) Itchenor
Page last updated : October 2017