« « Back

Name Official number Flag IMO
FREELANCE  124248  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1908  12/1907   
Vessel type Vessel description
Yacht   Steel Sailing Vessel 2 masted Schooner
Builder Yard Yard no
William Chalmers & Co., Rutherglen Rutherglen  152 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
77 grt / 73 nrt / 106 tm 73.3 ft  19.2 ft  12.5 ft   
Engine builder ,
Engine detail
1922 auxiliary engine fitted. Motor 56bhp 2-screw
1929 re-engined with twin Bergius petrol engines (120bhp registered 1939)
1943 re-engined with twin Dorman diesels 120bhp
1959 2xOil engines each 4Cyl. (5.75 - 8in) by Caterpillar.  

First owner First port of register Registration date
Percy F. C. Topham, Darland Hall, Wrexham.   Glasgow  11/02/1908 
Other names
1940 BUNTING - 1940 FREEWILL - 1947 FREELANCE 
Subsequent owner and registration history
1918 Herbert A Payne, London
1922 Henry W A Adams, Cullompton, Devon
1925 William Exshaw, London
1928 John E D Shaw, Kirbymoorside, Yorks.
1937 Sir Spencer J Portal, London
1940 Admiralty, London
1947 J M Williams - reg King's Lynn
.....
19xx Hugh & Janet Bailey, Antigua - registered St John's, Antigua
By 1970 Foreign Properties Ltd., Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas.
1978 Government of British Columbia. 
Vessel history
1922 first auxiliary engines fitted - 80grt 54nrt
29/9/1940 acquired by Admiralty as auxiliary patrol yacht
22/10/1940 renamed BUNTING as a baseship at Cliff Quay, Ipswich
3/1944 renamed FREEWILL as an accommodation ship
1945 for disposal
Later based in the Caribbean

1976 represented Antigua in US Bicentenial "Operation Sail" tallships gathering at New York. 
Remarks
Admiralty swapped names and roles of two yachts: BUNTING ex-MERLIN (1897, Mackie & Thomson Yd 184) became FREELANCE in 1940. 
End year Fate / Status
1978  Abandoned  
Disposal Detail
On delivery to Government of Colombia (British Columbia?), ran aground on an off-shore reef near the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal. She was abandoned after being looted by armed locals and failure of refloating attempts. 
 

 



« « Back