Little Ship, Big Story


Dr. Rodney Pell -

Maura Pell -

About HMY Sheemaun

Commissioned by Banker Ernest Richards in 1934. Sheemaun is 13.7 metres in length and weighs 25 tons, she was designed by G L Watson & Co, built by James Noble of Fraserburgh and launched in 1935.
With her generous accommodation, twin engines and gaff ketch rig she is classified as an historic 1930s Gentleman’s Motor yacht. She cruised extensively prior to the 2nd World War.
1940 saw her requisitioned by the Admiralty as the armed Thames Estuary Auxiliary Patrol Boat HMY Sheemaun, flying the white Royal Navy ensign and with RNVR crew.
Her many duties included undertaking highly dangerous magnetic mine clearance. She had ‘narrow misses’ from Hitler’s bombs and strafing fighters and fired back with vengeance.

Still a seaworthy and strong boat, she has a substantial cruising range.
She was present at the 1953 Coronation Celebrations of HRH Queen Elizabeth.
The year 2010 saw Sheemaun appointed as Flagship of National Historic Ships UK – a Government funded authority.
In 2012 Sheemaun was invited to attend at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant Celebrations.

Sheemaun has served as Cadet Training vessel to Pangbourne Nautical College and was the private yacht of Admiral GTS Gray CB. DSC.
Sheemaun now attends by invitation at Maritime Festivals in the UK, France and Belgium. Her adventures continue.

Sheemaun at Tower Bridge

Sheemaun at Boulogne - photo courtesy Tim Hunt

Crossing the Channel Shipping Lanes

Sheemaun and WendyWoo at Queenborough - Photo courtesy Rodney Pell Jr