Sailing yachts

Historic French sailing fishing boat

(REF: 17931)


  • Designer: Traditional
  • Builder: Soc. Constr. Navale de Fecamp
  • Year: 1921
  • Location: Suffolk
  • Length on deck: 55'
  • Beam: 18'
  • Draft: 8'6"
  • Tonnage: 40 tons displ.

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Wooden ships comments on this Historic French Sailing Fishing boat 

A historic french sailing gaff cutter, Angele Aline was built in Fecamp, France in 1921 at the yard of M. Argentin, the Societe de Construction Navale de Fecamp, foreman builder Leonce Bennay, as a sailing fishing boat, known locally as Dundee, a French distortion of English Dandy, the new gaff rig developed in the last years of the 19th century to replace the ubiquitous lug rig.

She was built for the fishing family of Jules Talleux of Gravelines and launched 5th November 1921 No 261 with the name Jules Talleaux.

She was launched fully rigged and with a 40hp Otto Deutz engine which  was more likely used to run the net capstan than drive the ship.

Like many of her sisters, she fished for herring off the Scottish coast in the summer months and round into the Atlantic to fish for cod  in the winter.

There are only a handful of these vessels left afloat, the best known being the Biche owned and restored by the Maritime Museum in Douarnenez, Britanny.

She was requisitioned by the French Navy  in WW2, took part in the evacuation of our troops from the beaches of Dunkirk and has the coveted badge of the Dunkirk Little Ships Club.

She was scuttled twice during the war and raised again to carry on fishing after the war with severaq documented owners until sale to Dutch private ownership in 1963.

The Dutch owner re-rigged her as a ketch and fitted out the interior for family sailing. After 20 years in Dutch ownership she came to UK and was sold by Wooden Ships to Gareth Wright from UK.

In Gareth’s ownership she took part in the 1982 Tall Ships Race to Lisbon, coming 1st in Class.

In 1983 she took part in the Tall Ships Race, Cherbourg to the Orkneys and back to the Channel Islands.

In 1984 she took part in the Tall Ships Race, St Malo, Canaries, Bermuda, Halifax and back to Liverpool.

Sold by Wooden Ships in autumn 1984 to George and Meriel Thurstan who moved aboard and spent several seasons as a charter yacht in Turkey before Wooden Ships sold her in the autumn of 1991 to an English surgeon.

In the course of the next few years she had some extensive work culminating in a major job in 2005 including installation of a pair of wing engines replacing the single centre-line engine, all new domestic services and replacement of  most of the deck.

With the boat back in service she was sold to the present owner in 2007 for use in charity promotional work.

In his ownership she has had yet further major work to address the last of her age-related issues and bring her up to date for modern cruising and to comply with the MCA Code of Practice rules to carry 12 passengers and 2 crew for sail training work.

Now finally in commission and extensively rebuilt, the next lucky owner will profit from the hard work, heart-ache and investment of the past owners.

2005 and 2007 survey reports + several survey reports going back 20 years

The unique advantage of this vessel is her extensive accommodation and deck space within her length making her potentially a very viable sail training ship or charter yacht and capable of partaking in all the exciting traditional sailing events around Europe.

Historic French sailing fishing boat

The hull design is very recognisably French with her straight stem, exaggerated beam, heavy drag on the keel, steeply raked stern post and wonderful elliptical counter stern.

High bulwarks all round the deck ensure safety on board.

Originally planked in oak, her extensive replacement planking above and below the water-line has been done in larch.

Oak frames in grown futtocks, 6” x 4” at 26” centres.

16” x 3” bilge stringer

9” x 3” beam shelf.

5” x 5” deck beams

Bulwarks carried on oak stanchions, all new in recent years.

The deck is laid in 2 thicknesses of 1” ply and epoxy glass sheathed to give a totally water-tight, hard-wearing deck which adds enormously to the strength of the vessel.

Over the past refits, she has had 80% new planking, 60% new deck beams, 100% new floors, 40% new frames, 100% new carlins

80% new stringers, new teak deck structures, new cabin sole all through and new accommodation


The vessel was originally ballasted with concrete as was customary with fishing boats. In the 2005 refit this concrete was removed the structure checked and 6 tons of concrete replaced.

Lead trimming ballast.


In the 2005 refit the original oak rudder was replaced with a hollow, oil filled steel plate rudder carried in plastic bearings and operated by a traditional wheel with hydraulic drive. Seals and ram mounts replaced recently.

Deck structure.

Pilot house and cabin roof built in teak framing with teak panels and decked in teak, the whole finished bright in Coelan.

Traditional sky-light on the cabin trunking.

Drop-down laminated glass opening windows in the pilot house.

Sea cocks.

In the 2005 refit all skin fittings were replaced and fitted with modern lever ball and bronze cone valves.


Gaff cutter rig on solid, laminated spruce, keel stepped pole mast fitted with galvanised spreaders.

Solid spruce boom with heavy galvanised steel fittings.

Solid spruce gaff with leathered, galvanised steel jaws

Mast hoops to the mainsail.

Solid spruce running bowsprit set to stbd of the stem post.

Galvanised wire standing rigging set up to dead-eyes and lanyards on chains to external chain plates.

Cavel bars with belay pins each side in way of the rigging.

Wooden pole


Sails by J Lawrence, Brightlingsea.

Mailsail                                    2005

Working jib                            pre 2005

Staysail                                   2005

Topsail                                    2005

Storm jib                                2008



Twin Betamarine 75hp naturally aspirated 4-cylinder diesel engines in a dedicated engine room aft, installed new in 2004.

Original centre-line prop aperture blocked and new shafts and shaft loges established each side.

Conventional shaft drive to 20” x 10” bronze props, s/s shafts on s/s A-brackets. gives max speed 8knts.

Aquadrive anti-vibration units on the shafts

Water lubricated PSS shaft seals

Rope cutters on the shafts.


 120 galls primary fuel tank under the saloon cabin sole in stainless steel.

80 gall day tank in stainless steel


250 galls water in single stainless steel tank

Pressurised H&C



2 x 24v engine start batteries

4 x 24v domestic supply batteries

Engine driven alternators

240v AC alternator on the stbd engine

24v and 240v distribution boards

12v/24v invertor



Accommodation.                  11 berths

7 single berths

2 double berths

2 heads, one with shower, one ensuite with the aft cabin.

Head-room. 5’11” to 7’ except in the engine room where there is close to 4’

Large saloon, 10’ x 10’6” with Morse solid fuel stove fitted with back boiler for HW.

Galley with Force 10 gas cooker, 170 litre cool box, incl small freezer compartment, stainless steel sink with H&C..

Hot water to galley and shower, calorifier heated by the Morse stove or engine cooling water or 240v immersion heater.

Hot water radiators throughout.

Nav station in the pilot house with full size chart desk.





Heath grid compass.

Hand bearing compass.

Brookes and Gatehouse depth, log/speed and wind direction/speed + graphic function display at the helm, new 2011

Tictack wind speed and direction

Sperry radar

Racal Sperry GPS


Furuno 10” screen chart plotter

Furuno Navtex

Clock and barometer


Deck equipment

Com Nav hydraulic auto-pilot

Avon W400 inflatable dinghy.

Warps and fenders.

Saftey equipment

Throwing line

3 x First Aid boxes

2 x Danbuoys

Off-shore flare pack.

2 x life buoys

1 x 8-man Viking Life raft – next5 service due July 2014

Emergency grab bag

Numerous fire extinguishers – next service due May 2013

6  auto life jackets and harnesses

Deck jack-stays

Whale Gusher 30 masnual pump.

Emergency battery nav lights

Firetrace auto engine room fire extinguishers

Gas alarm

Fire alarms and CO alarms

LED emergency cabin lights.

LED engine room lights


Ground tackle

2cwt Admiralty pattern anchor

CQR 140lb anchor

FOB Hydraulic anchor windlass with manual emergency drive

11- meter galvanised chain – Lloyds tested 2008


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.

Wooden Ships classic yachts brokers have an extensive database of boats for sale. With a wide range of sailboats, classic yachts, motor yachts and small classic boats, Wooden Ships has one of the largest selections of traditional wooden boats and yachts for sale in the UK.


These particulars have been prepared in good faith from information provided by the Vendors and are intended as a guide, Wooden Ships cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. The Purchaser should instruct his agent or surveyor to validate all details as necessary and satisfy himself with the condition of the vessel and its equipment.