Steam Yacht Thordis

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Historic Time Line of Thordis

1909 - Thordis built by Camper and Nicholson for Walter Leney


1922 - William Garton (reg 4788)


1932 - Col. Cecil Pierce (reg 7115)


Early 1940 - Requisitioned for Auxiliary Patrol Service


21st Aug 1940 - Vessel released to owner


Nov 1945 - Sailed from Poole to Worcester


1947 - Miles H Formby of Broadstoke, Dorset


2nd May 1952 - Mr Climo of the Black Bear Hotel in Wareham (reg 6846)


23rd July 1952 - Mr W A Purves ( reg. 7538) owned until 1956 but re-registered in

1955 - registered as no 7860


1957 - No listing in Lloyd's Register but put up for sale


4th Nov 1959 - Mr E N Brain


25th Nov 1960 - Mr Ellis (reg 9575)


1988 - Mr Graham Ellis (son of former owner)


Nov 2006 - Daniel Bristow of Tetbury

If anyone can add any further information to the above we would love to hear from you. There are a few very interesting stories about Thordis but they are unconfirmed, although there are a lot of co-incidences and similar stories appearing from unrelated sources.


We would be extremely interested to hear from anyone who may have access to naval and secret service records in relation to Thordis around 1938-40.