Etoile de Paris – Bates Starcraft

An opportunity has arisen for a new owner to take on this floating piece of history complete with its royal memorabilia - a truly beautiful 30ft Bates starcraft with aft cockpit

“Etoile de Paris” was built by W Bates & Son Ltd, Bridge Wharf, Chertsey of wood construction in 1953 and will always be a boat of distinction and quality, she is a wonderful example of her class and type and will bring a great deal of pleasure to her new owner. The hull is constructed with double diagonal mahogany and some carvel planking. The ‘fly bridge’ has the control position in the port forward corner, including a seat for the helmsman, and a passenger seat opposite. Aft of the galley bridge, dinette are arranged on both sides of the boat, each converting into a single berth. Forward of the bridge is a good sized galley, with cooker on the port side; toilet compartment is opposite. A cabin in the bows provides comfortable sleeping quarters for two and the raised trunk roof, extending part way over this cabin, provides full headroom for the occupants. There is a large open cockpit aft and at the aft end of this is a transverse seat, which forms a double berth when required. A folding car-type hood is provided by means of which the aft cockpit is enclosed.

1953 Built for Mr. A.E. Adams of Adams Bristow Transport of New Malden, Surrey who was a member of the T.M.C.C. 1959 LLOYDS REG No 2281-187364. The boat took part in Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation river pageant.
Name means “Star of Paris”
1959 Registered to Mr A. E. Adams, London. Lloyds reg no 2281-187364.
1985 Owned by C.D. Lilley of Crawley & kept at Shepperton Marina.
September 1992 Bought by her present owners, Audrey and Terry Holbrook. They spent 10 months on the restoration. Returned to the water for 1993, 40 years after taking part in the 1953 pageant.
1993 Winner of the Freebody Trophy at the Thames Traditional Boat Rally (TTBR) in Henley.
1995 Winner of the Bates Wheel (TTBR)
1999 Winner of the Thames Heritage Trust Cup (TTBR).

The previous owners documented the boat and its history in meticulous details and there will be extensive paperwork and historical documentation with the boat. There is also a great deal of royal memorabilia as Queen Elizabeth came on board the boat and even invited the owners to the garden party. Photographs of the glassware are available from the office. Please call 01491 578870 for more information.