Today’s photo is of the launch Jean, sent in by Nick Davenport, whose grandfather – Stanley Bell-Booth owned her. Nick knowns little of her history and would love to learn more as to her past and what became of her. In my eye, there is a lot of Romance II to her – possibly a Bailey & Lowe?
Stanley Bell-Booth went on to own the Lidgard built launch Almaray, we will feature her in another WW story.
So woodys can we help Nick out?
Input from Harold Kidd – I didn’t know that Stan Bell-Booth owned this JEAN. Other launches he owned were BERNICE (1922) his father perhaps?, ATAROA (ex SPEEDWELL II) 1930-34,LADY PATRICIA (1943-48) and ALMARAY of course (1946 onwards).
There were many JEANs. I think this one was owned originally by S.H. Leyland and built for him by T M Lane & Sons in 1919, but there were so many it’s a jungle.