26’4” x 6’8” x 2’5” (8m x 2m x 0.75m)
Designed by James McGruer and built entirely from teak on oak frames in his own yard, this unique ‘barn-find’ cabin launch has been laid up for over three decades – amazingly, only a few miles from where she was built 82 years ago. She is in excellent, unmolested condition and with lovely lines - a stunning project.
Commissioned by three owners and financed by winnings from a horse race, she was named after the horse in question, the soon to become 1938 Grand National winner, Battleship! Continuing the military theme, one of the three original owners was to become D-Day veteran, Lieutenant-Commander William Russell DSC.
Whilst the McGruer yard in Clynder is perhaps better known for its sailing yachts, Battleship has all the hallmarks of James McGruer’s traditional lines. The distinct forward-facing ‘clearstory-style’ windows feature on many of their yachts and together with large flanking picture windows create a roomy and light cabin, reminiscent of the ‘dog houses’ on their large ketches. Clearly James McGruer was happy enough with his design for her to be exhibited at the 1938 Boat show.
The large aft cockpit has enough space to fit a small summer galley down the port side, which if combined with a sympathetically designed canopy and blown-air heating would create a superb covered exterior space, with a spacious dining area to the stern. This would leave the main cabin free for sleeping and the forecastle area for heads/storage. Battleship would make a fabulous and unique, classic weekender.
Originally powered by a 4-cylinder Austin petrol engine, followed by Newage and then BMC diesels, today a BMC Commander and gearbox are available separately, however, by far the best solution would be to electrify her.