Jemima – a Brooke Empire Launch

A twin cockpit Brooke Empire or Seacar launch

Jemima is one of a few surviving original boats built and launched by John W. Brooke in the early 1900s. Jemima was found in the back of a garage in parts with only the hull intact. Eric Cox took on the project for a customer who wanted Jemima brought back to her former condition.

He writes : We first started on building a new, small cockpit area and aircraft hatch doors for the engine compartment. After this, we laid the decks down with pitch pine and mahogany. We then turned the craft over and built a new keel to accommodate the new shafts and prop, and moved the rudder under the transom. Once all this work was completed, we supplied and fitted a 3KW electric motor and batteries. More details below of the entire refurbishment project.

This beautiful craft was then coated with epoxy varnish, tested and delivered to the owners in Cambridge to be used on the River Cam.

Jemima was named after John Brooke’s granddaughter Jemima.

Jemima was fully restored by Cox’s between 2009-13 and then used lightly on the River Cam for four years. She returned to Cox’s in 2017  and has been revarnished, antifouled, and equipped with new batteries and Victron battery charger. She will have a new BSS Certificate on sale. The electric motor and control electronics were supplied by Rupert Latham and installed by Cox’s. Cruising range is 6-8 hours at 4-6 knots with 2.5kw motor fed by eight 6v batteries. She is built of mahogany on oak with ash decking, comes with an overall cover made by Jeckells, storage trailer, and has always been stored over winter in a wet or dry shed. She is said to be in perfect condition and ready for the summer season 2018. The propulsion system requires essentially no maintenance and the overall cover fully protects the varnished deck and hull.

The Seacar and Empire launches represented Brooke Marine’s answer to the Chris Craft runabouts popular on the Great Lakes. Jemima is 17ft long and has about a 5ft 6″ beam and 2ft draft. She comfortably seats six, and is fitted with chromed cleats and fairleads, ensign socket, Brooke roundels, mats, navigation lights, etc all remanufactured using the original castings by John Brooke, the great grandson of the builder. The bomb bay doors to the engine room are trimmed with chrome as is the splash screen.

This little launch is a great alternative to a slipper launch for someone wishing to own a piece of British maritime history.

Please call the office to view on 01491 578870.