Lymington was an excellent place for yachts and boats of all sizes and certainly in the years after World War 2, and up until the mid 1960s, it was a regular port of call in the summer months.
There were two main boatbuilding yards in the town, Lymington Slipway, situated on up beyond the railway bridge, the latter linked Lymington Town Station with Lymington Town Pier, from which the Isle of Wight ferries, Farringford and Lymington, arrived and departed on their regular sailings to Yarmouth. The other yard was Berthon Boat Company.
During the period that I was there, November 1947 until May 1953, there were many famous vessels who visited year after year and there were those who came once and stayed whilst others came and had been left at a yard awaiting their fate, whatever and however it may be. One such was the famous author, E. Keble Chatterton, whose boat ‘Charmina’ was a resident.
The following pages illustrate some of these beatiful and, in their day, well known vessels, as well as others not so well known but which are nevertheless indicative of the variety of small craft in and around the Lymington/Isle of Wight area, in other words the Solent. Examples of these are:
Motor Torpedo Boat 451(later a houseboat)
Thames Spritsail Barge “Swift”
Erskin Childers (“Riddle of the Sands”) “Dulcibella”