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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 engines fitted. 2 x Paraffin Motors each 6cyl (4.5" x 6") 56bhp by Parsons Motor Co., Southampton. 2-screw
1929 re-engined with 2 x Paraffin Motors each 4 cyl (6" x 9") by Bergius (120bhp registered 1939)
After 1943 re-engined with twin Oil Engines each 4 cyl (115mm x 130mm) 120bhp by Dorman & Co Ltd (change not recorded by LRY until 1950's)
1959 re-engined 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, 54 Bishopsgate, London EC2
1922 Commander Henry W A Adams, RN, Cullompton, Devon. Re-registered at Glasgow.
1925 William Exshaw, London
1928 John E D Shaw, Welburn Hall, Kirbymoorside, Yorks.
1937 Sir Spencer J Portal, 20 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3
1940 The Admiralty, London
1947 John M Williams, Globe Hotel, King's Lynn, Norfolk - reg King's Lynn
By 1955 The Hon. J M W North, Clifton House, Euston Road, London NW1.
By 1960 Foreign Properties Limited, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas
By 1977 Hugh R M Bailey, Catamaran Hotel, Falmouth, Antigua, West Indies - registered St John's, Antigua.
1978 Government of British Columbia. 
Vessel history
1922 first auxiliary engines fitted - tonnages altered to 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
Designed by Frederick Shepherd.
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. 
 

 



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