Lilian – Double skiff by Ashley of Pangbourne

Traditional double skiff

24’ Double Thames Skiff ‘Lilian’

Lilian was built in late 1908/early 1909 by a well-known freelance boat builder, Walter Dowling, for ET Ashley of Pangbourne. He signed and dated one of the front grating bearers ‘WG Dowling Feb 1909’. She is the sister skiff of Lucie Henwood’s ‘Gillian’, both found in poor condition in the former Hobbs boathouses in Goring. Dowling/Ashley skiffs are generally regarded as the most beautiful of this type of traditional Thames craft. Lilian is light, stable, comfortable, fast, and superb to row.

Mark Stanley, of Stanley & Thomas boat builders in Romney, Windsor, bought her for his own use, and she was restored by Mark and the Eton College boat builder John Cox in 1996.

The present owners bought Lilian in 1999 and she has been extensively used up and down the Thames, including a recreation of the Three Men in a Boat journey from Kingston to Oxford, and taking part in the Coronation Pageant. She has been to many Henley Regattas, a superb traditional boat for this event.

Lilian was re-varnished by Mark Stanley in 2011, and she is in excellent condition.

Included in the sale is the custom-made trailer and cover, 4 beautiful Sutton sculls, cane and mahogany seat, seat cushions, and a sail and mast (bottom of the mast needs re-shaping to suit the socket).