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A Y Alessie - a short pictorial history, spanning her 55 years of existence, we are indebted
to the Doubleday family for supplying information and a rare archive of pictures on the history of this vessel.
This vessel was used as a Barrage Balloon vessel during WWII, she had a considerable history as detailed below:
Built by R
Date & Son, Kingsbridge, for A H Lanfear Snr. Ramsgate
1914 During the war ‘Alessie' ran up on to the shingle at Dungeness as the usual light was not showing but was refloated in a parlous condition.
to Brixham Owners who repaired her and she fished out of Brixham for many years.
To 1930 .
Owned by W B Jackman
Sep. Owner Peter Bully
Nov. Converted to a Yacht by Mr Fry
Oil Engine fitted
Used as an
anchor for a barrage Balloon at
Part of Command Balloon Barrage: Trawlers - Alessie, Black Joke, Forsetti, Muriel Stevens, Pas De Loupe Ii, Revive, Snowfinch, Vigilant,
New set of
Sails by George Jackman
Feb to Oct
1957. Owned by J M Doubleday
14 May to 5
Dock to Great
Owner Mrs M
Aug As a yacht Sank on the
When used as a balloon vessel the barrage balloon would normally have been flown from the masthead
BM. 381 Alessie, (ex R.189) B. J. Haddock, setting mainsail borrowed from
1953 Lawson Horne (Friend of J M Doubleday)
Seen from the quay at Port St. Mary, Isle of Man 21st July 1951
Mr Joe Wills and Mr Manuel Maddick. Aboard "Alessie" BM.381 9th May 1920 Photo Comdr H O Hill RN
John M. Doubleday (skipper and Owner)
Interior- showing a bit of the galley and saloon. I can imagine many a Balloon Operator would have supped on hot cocoa here!
Illustration for a newspaper article May 1953: The Brixham Trawler is made ready for a trip to Great Yarmouth
"Alessie" and other vessels at sea
Picture bought by J M Doubleday on the quay.