| SY Rosabelle (1895 and 1901)|
Posted by: Peter Cuthbert (SBA Hon Sec) on 03/07/2009 10:36:38. Replies: 0. Password: Y.
I have received the following enquiry and would welcome any information that can be offered:
"I would be grateful if you could suggest where I might be able to find any information about two steam yachts, both Rosabelle, the first of which was acquired (new build or on the market) in 1895 and the second of which was built in 1901, both for a wealthy stockbroker, Theodore Pim. He died in 1927; in 1939 the second Rosabelle was bought by the Admiralty, and was sunk by a U-boat off Gibraltar in 1941. (She came unscathed through similar Admiralty duty in World War I.)
My interest in the Rosabelle ‘s springs from some research I am doing (for our local history society) into Theodore Pim, who lived in Bramley, Surrey, from 1907 until his death, and was a very generous benefactor for the community. I know that he was a keen sailor, with a succession of yachts. He became Commodore of the Royal Thames Yacht Club in 1904, and indeed a model of the second Rosabelle is still in the RTYC club-house in London. He was elected to the Royal Yacht Squadron in 1910. Although he lived here, both his steam yachts were kept at Wivenhoe, in Essex.
I would very much like to fmd more information about either Rosabelle, and ideally some photographs. I have found two of the second Rosabelle on a Wivenhoe web-site, and on another site a photograph of her in either World War I or II at Stromness; but I know nothing about the yachts themselves, other than that they were famous among Pim’s friends for the spirited parties he gave while on his cmises. So if you can offer me any suggestions for further research I would be most grateful.
Peter W Allsopp"