Master Frank photographed by Peter Killey, May 2012
Master Frank : Oldest Manx Boat, Still Afloat
According to Nick Miller's informative book, The Lancashire Nobby, “Master Frank is thought to be the third of about nine boats built by Clucas & Duggan who worked alongside the Ramsey boat yard, in a field next to Marsden Terrace”. Built in 1896, she's thought to be the Isle of Man's oldest boat still afloat (May 2021). Her owner Joe Pennington explains that she is “an innovative build, with elements from Essex Smacks, and Morecambe Bay Prawners but also with a rocker keel”. Joe is a master carpenter and under his twenty year long ownership she has been kept in sea-going condition. She has regularly been a feature of the annual Peel Traditional Boat Regatta on the Island. However, Joe feels the time has come for a new owner to be sought. I have Joe's telephone number should any reader be interested in taking her on.
Other Nobby and Nobby related boats on this website include Anna Ellidi, Peggy, Harbringer, May, Juanita, Ploughboy, Naiad, Ziska and Ethel.
Master Frank up close
Master Frank Statistics
Built : 1896 by Clucas & Duggan, Ramsey, Isle of Man
LOA : 38' 0" (excluding the bowspit)
LWL : --' -"
Beam : 10' 6"
Draught : 5' 6"
Displacement : -- tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° ------
National Historic Ship : N° ----
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Fishing Boat : N° (WA 63 before 1900) RY 95
Sail : N° RY95
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Master Frank Custodians & Home Ports
Joe Pennington (1992-2021...) Ramsey, Isle of Man
Joe Kinnin (Family) (1897- 1976) Isle of Man
Frank Shankley (1896-1897) Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
Page last updated : May 2021