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Philip and Son 60 ft Auxiliary Gaff Ketch 1937



Philip and Son 60 ft Auxiliary Gaff Ketch 1937

Designer Philip & Son
Builder Philip & Son, Dartmouth
Date 1937
Length overall 72 ft 4 in / 22.05 m
Length deck 60 ft 6 in / 18.44 m
Length waterline 48 ft 8 in / 14.83 m
Beam 14 ft 7 in / 4.44 m
Draft 8 ft 6 in / 2.59 m
Displacement 50 Tonnes
Construction Carvel, long leaf pitch pine on oak
Engine Perkins Sabre M185C 136kW
Location Italy
Price EUR 750,000

These details are provisional and may be amended



Philip & Son of Dartmouth built a wide variety of wonderful vessels in their 200 year history, and NOCTURNE is a great example of their craft. Massively built in pitch pine on oak frames with a new Burma teak composite deck replicating the appearance of the original, this yacht just oozes authenticity above and below, and more charm than many more obvious yachts from this period. She is a handsome and sturdy cruising yacht; extremely appealing with no trace of cuteness! Recent substantial refits leave her stronger than ever and sympathetically more modern - without disturbing her romantic aura.



Under present ownership, NOCTURNE received a significant upgrading refit 2011-2012 and has enjoyed continuing upgrades and care since.

The original solid deck was removed and replaced with a composite of two layers of plywood and one layer of teak, with the teak planking arrangement following the original in appearance.

All systems were replaced and new systems introduced, all to a very high spec, as described in the detailed specification below. It is a complement to the care taken that on first sight none of the modernity is apparent.

The interior was sympathetically remodelled for modern comfort, with great care taken to retain ambience and period – totally preserving NOCTURNE’s romantic aura.




NOCTURNE has enjoyed a remarkable succession of suitors over the years, from a war hero, through a Hollywood film star-come highest nobility, to the man who may be said to be the father of London’s airports as we know them, and as the seamanship training platform for hundreds of Merchant Navy cadets.

Ordered by Edward Trenchard "Tizzy" Greene-Kelly, the son of a prominent and knighted London lawyer, she was designed and built under Lloyds supervision by Philip & Sons, Dartmouth, and launched during the summer of 1937. She cost £8000 to build and equip. Greene-Kelly enjoyed a maiden outing to the Mediterranean and back, then sold her after two seasons. Her next owner, London specialist car dealer Eustace Steer-Watkins’s pleasure was to be rudely disturbed by the second world war, which in 1943 would claim NOCTURNE's first owner’s life off Elba when in command of a Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boat.

After wartime layup, NOCTURNE enjoyed two years under the ownership of the 7th Earl of Warwick. His pre-war activities had included becoming the Hollywood heart-throb Michael Brooke, starring alongside Errol Flynn and David Niven, and chalking up a string of high-profile affairs, in particular with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. There is no reason to think that NOCTURNE's visitor’s book wouldn’t have been intriguing.

From the late 1940s there followed ten years of stable ownership by (later Sir) Eric Millbourn, a Yorkshireman who seems to have carved out a career in quietly and efficiently getting things done for governments, notably leading the creation of London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

It is believed that her first 20 years were spent based out of Littlehampton, West Sussex. In 1957 she moved to south Wales and went commercial, with her Lloyd's classification upgrading to the maximum +100A1. Under the careful ownership of Cardiff-based shipping line Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons, she became their sail training and seamanship vessel MARGHERITA, re-named after an illustrious predecessor, the 1913 Charles E Nicholson/ Camper & Nicholson 380 ton racing schooner.

By the late 1960s she was replaced by a retired minesweeper, and headed south to the Mediterranean - as the yacht NOCTURNE again - where long and caring ownerships and la dolce vita have preserved this romantic yacht with a remarkable story.

©2022 Iain McAllister/ Sandeman Yacht Company Ltd.



Strongly built by a good yard under Lloyd’s supervision, NOCTURNE has retained many features of her original construction, which has proved to be extremely durable. Her hull is of carvel long leaf pitch pine planking (copper sheathed and fastened to above the waterline) laid over sawn/ grown English oak frames. Her deck is a new two layers ply plus teak composite. All deck furniture is solid teak, and in the main original. Other timbers are a mix of original and matching original: light oak for the saloon and mahogany for the cabins.



- New laid teak composite deck replicating the original in appearance
- Mostly original teak deck furniture
- Teak cap rail
- High painted bulwark with varnished stanchions

From aft
- Traditional teak taffrail with 2 x bronze fairleads with fashioned chafe pads
- Passarelle socket & mizzen sheet padeyes and blocks
- Bronze stanchions for single wire guard rail running from taffrail to mainmast rigging
- Teak grating passarelle landing / seat with turned supports
- Large bronze double bollard mooring cleats each side of steering position
- Panama fairleads at bulkhead
- 2 x bronze custom mooring winches port & starboard (1 x hydraulic)
- Oak belaying cleats between stanchions in way of steering position port & starboard
- 2 x Bronze/ teak bar cleat fwd of helm position for main topmast running backstays

Steering position
- Surrounded by a chest high teak enclosure
- Stern light at aft enclosure
- Access port and starboard
- Plotter and engine panel fwd
- Instrument readouts to port
- Kobelt 2046-TY throttle/ gear lever (2011)
- Mounts for traditional steering and handbearing compasses
- Traditional ship’s wheel aft fwd of Thomas Reid Paisley steering gear box
- 2 x Seats port and starboard of steering gear box

Keel-stepped mizzen mast (see rig)
- Original ship's bell

- Large 4 x butterfly skylight over aft accommodation with 2 x portlights in ridge
- 2 x Deck prisms, P & S
- Folding, stowable table with fastening points on skylight

Teak raked deckhouse with companionway door / sliding hatch offset to starboard
- 3 x Bronze deck-mounted cowl ventilators to starboard
- Passarelle stowed to starboard
- 4 x Butterfly “lean-to” hatches each side of house
- Raw teak laid roof and sliding hatch; large mushroom ventilator
- Boarding ladder stowed at port bulwark

- Butterfly skylight over saloon
- 2 x ‘Lemon squeezer’ deck prisms outboard port & starboard

Keel stepped main mast with topmast (see rig)

- Fife rail around mast with padeyes, hook and pins for purchases
- Oak and bronze pin rails port & starboard at bulwarks
- Bronze staysail boom sheet traveller on deck
- Raised forehatch over forecabin
- Liferaft on painted chocks at foredeck port
- Toolbox fwd of liferaft
- Oak belaying cleats between stanchions in way of steering position port & starboard
- Hyland windlass with 2x chain gypsies to 2 x chain pipes, and 2 x warping drums
- Deck prism to port
- Galvanised and painted bowsprit bits with oak pads; cleat for bowsprit retracting tackle
- Deck prism to starboard
- 2 x Galvanised and painted mooring cleats
- 2 x Bronze forward mooring line fairleads at capping rail
- Large Panama fairleads through knights’ heads
- Mushroom vent fwd of bowsprit bits
- Galvanised and painted gammon iron with 2 x chain rollers and staysail boom gooseneck

Ground tackle
- 1 x 45 Kg CQR bower anchor
- 1 x 45 Kg Fisherman anchor
- 1 x 85 m lengths 14 mm anchor chain
- 3 x spare lengths of chain



Main entry via Doghouse
- Engine access under laid raw teak doghouse sole
- Long banquette to port with furniture neatly disguising 50 L top opening fridge box
- Small table to starboard with bench; lockers under
- Opening window ports, port and starboard
- 2 x Large opening ports fwd
- 5 x bulkhead lamps
- Access by forward companionway down to fwd accommodation
- Access by aft companionway down to aft cabin

Moving forward from doghouse - 4 steps down to saloon

Oak finish; white painted panelling
- Solid hardwood sole
- White painted deckhead with varnished oak beams
- 2 x ‘lemon squeezer’ deck prisms
- Butterfly skylight hatch; Highfield patent catches
- 3 x opening ports
- 3 x bulkead lights
- 1 x Candle holder
- Frigonautica 160 L fridge/ 130 L freezer to port with ‘kitchen’ counter on top
- Stand-up chart table to starboard with seated level pull-out ‘travelling’ writing table
- Ship’s isolated panel
- Raymarine Ray 240E VHF
- L-shaped dinette to starboard
- Settee to port
- Original lockers
- Stowage under dinette seating and port settee

Galley aft to port (under doghouse)
Combination of original lockers and plate racks and modern high spec equipment
- GN Espace OceanChef XL, 5-gas burner hob, and oven
- Isotherm fridge/ freezer 55L
- Large, deep stainless steel sink
- Hot and cold mixer taps
- Salt water rinse
- Original bulkhead mounted plate racks
- Original outboard lockers
- Butterfly hatch with 2 x opening skylights

Passage offset to port to forecabin
- Large 180L front opening fridge/ freezer to port in passage

Access from saloon & via raised forehatch via bulkhead steps
- Large Frigoboat fridge
- 2 x Up and over bunks to starboard
- Folding mess table and seating to port
- SOBA Babynova 1150 Rapid – stainless steel (2012)
- Lockers
- 2 x Opening ports
- 3 x Bulkhead lights
- Sirocco fan

- Tecma Easyfit auto WC (2012)
- Inset sink with hot and cold mixer tap/ shower
- Mirror
- Lockers
- Deckhead light
- Deck prism

Moving aft from doghouse - 5 steps down to aft accommodation

Mahogany finish with some white painted surfaces
- Passage to aft ending in owner’s cabin
- Solid hardwood sole

Guest cabin to starboard
- Intimate double bunk
- Lockers
- Vanity mirror
- Emergency tiller stowage
- Deckhead prism
- Opening port
- Bulkhead light
- Deckhead light
- Sirocco fan

Guest cabin to port
- Double bunk
- Lockers
- Vanity mirror
- Opening port
- Bulkhead light
- Deckhead light
- Sirocco fan

Further aft in passage

Large owners' bathroom to port
- Shower
- Sink; hot and cold mixer
- Tecma Easyfit auto WC (2012)
- Stowage
- Opening port
- Butterfly hatch; Highfield patent catch
- 2 x bulkhead lights

Guests WC and shower to starboard
- Tecma Easyfit auto WC (2012)
- Sink; hot and cold mixer
- Shower
- Lockers
- Butterfly hatch; Highfield patent catch
- 2 x Bulkhead lights

Aft to owner’s cabin
- Large double bunk to starboard
- Generous drawer space under
- Single bunk to port
- Drawer under
- Butterfly hatch in deckhead; Highfield patent catches
- ‘L’ Banquette
- Hanging locker on centre line
- Lockers and bookshelves aft
- Sirocco fan
- 2 x Deckhead lights
- 2 x Bulkhead lights
- 2 x Opening ports



- Gaff rigged Ketch
- Douglas fir keel stepped main mast with topmast
- Douglas fir keel stepped mizzen mast
- Pitch pine booms
- Douglas fir bowsprit
- Staysail boom
- Claude Worth/ Appledore worm drive roller reefing both goosenecks
- 2 x Original halyard winches at mast
- Also rigged for squaresail downwind – but no yard carried
- Pin racks on rails for both main and mizzen masts
- Pin rack at foot of main mast
- Full set of wood blocks and spares
- Stainless steel standing rigging
- Traditional appearance running rigging
- Baggwrinkled main topping lift
- Main mast shrouds bottlescrewed to channels
- Main mast ratlines port and starboard

Sails - by Veleria Incarbona (2015)
- No 1 Jib
- Boomed staysail

Sails - older, mostly by Burgaud
- Main sail
- No 2 Jib
- Square sail

- Winter covers for hatches, part deck house, steering position, windlass
- Winter complete rainproof cover
- 3 x Summer awnings for foredeck, centre and steering position zones
- 2 x boom covers

- Original single davit to starboard



Engine room amidships under deck house

Engine/ generator
- Perkins Sabre M185C 136kW Diesel engine (2011/12)
- Mase I.S.7, 6.7Kw generator (2011)
- 2 x Jabsco continuous duty engine room blowers (2011)

Drive train
- Sonica RH propeller (2012)

- 12 x Enersys service batteries (2011)
- 2 x Engine start batteries (2012)
- 1 x Generator start battery (2012)
- 2 x Ample Power 4109 135A service batteries alternator (one as spare)
- Next step regulator
- 2 x Engine battery alternators (one as spare)
- 2 x SBC 1950 Advanced Plus 80A battery chargers
- Studer AJ 1300W Sine Wave inverter
- 24V – 220V Electric panel

Hydraulic system
- Auto pilot
- Windlass
- Warping winch
- Bilge/ fire pump

Domestic/ comfort
- Compact 40 litre water heater (2011)
- Eberspächer Hydronic M12 water heating system (2011)
- Shenker Modular 100 Analogic 100 liters/ hour watermaker (2011)

All with Danfoss compressors (2011-2012)
- Fridge box 50 L in deckhouse
- Isotherm fridge/ freezer 55 L in galley
- Frigonautica 160 L fridge in saloon
- Frigonautica 130 L freezer in saloon
- Fridge/ freezer 180 L in forward passage

Washing machine (Forecabin)
- SOBA Babynova 1150 Rapid – stainless steel (2012)

- Sanitrit Sanisplit Tecma grey water (2011)
- 2 x Sanitrit Planus for grey water (2014 & 2015)
- Panther for fuel transfer (2016)
- 3 x Macerator pump for grey/ black water (2016 – one as spare)
- 2 x Nala Motors Marine fresh drinking water pump (one as spare)
- 2 x SHURflo salt water deck wash pump (one as spare)
- 3 x SHURflo fresh water deck wash pump (one as spare)

Stainless steel water tanks connected to watermaker (2011-2011)
- 1 x 390 L under port berth
- 1 x 390 L under starboard berth
- 1 x 50 L under port berth to receive watermaker output

Stainless steel fuel tanks (2011-2012)
- 310 L Daytank with auto pump in engine room
- 300 L In saloon
- 230 L In saloon
- 120 L In passage
- 100 L In passage

Stainless steel waste tanks (2011)
- 50 L Black water aft
- 50 L Grey water fwd

Galvanic Isolator
- Sterling Pro-Save (2016)

Skin fittings
- 11 x - All new 2012 - bronze/ stainless steel



Raymarine instruments
- 2 x ST70 multi display
- 1 x ST 70 Autopilot
- Multifunction display C120W
- Depth sounder
- B744VL Transducer
- AIS 350 & antenna
- GPS Raystar 125 Plus & Antenna
- SOL Autopilot course computer

- 2 x VHF Radio Raymarine 240E
- Marco-Mare air horn (2014)
- Philip ship’s bell and hammer (1937)



Bilge pumping
- 3 x Rule GPH 2000 submersible (2014/ 2017 – 1 x as spare)
- 2 x Jabsco 50880-1100 Self-priming diaphragm pump (2016 - engine room – 1 x as spare)
- Henderson Mark 5 manual bilge pump (2012)
- Dima hydraulic fire/ bilge pump (2011)
- Wooden plugs

Fire extinguishers
- 2 x Easyfire HFC227 6Kkg automatic (engine room)
- 3 x 2kg Co2
- 1 x 5kg Co2
- 1 x 6 kg Co2
- 5 x 1kg Powder

- 4 x Inflatable
- 6 x Buoyancy vests

- Eurovinyl 8-Person (2006 - Serviced to May 2018)

First Aid
- Italian Category D (no limits) box (2016)



- Arimar 3.51m inflatable tender (2015)
- Honda BF20D3 LHU outboard motor (2012)
- Extremely comprehensive spares of all kinds
- Mooring warps and double coil springs
- Fenders and covers


These particulars have been prepared from information provided by the vendors and are intended as a general guide. The purchaser should confirm details of concern to them by survey or engineers inspection. The purchaser should also ensure that the purchase contract properly reflects their concerns and specifies details on which they wish to rely.


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