Ethel, 1937

old photo of a small boat in front of a larger ship moored at a dock

Ethel at work in 1965 alongside the Elder Dempster liner Aureol

Ethel worked as a gig-boat around the docks of Liverpool and the Wirral. Gig-boats transported mooring ropes from deep-sea ships to the quaysides and would also transfer people and luggage between ships and land.

Ethel was built by Hornby & Co of Wallasey in 1937 for use as a punt on the Liverpool pilot cutter 'William M. Clarke', but her experimental design proved unpopular. After a number of alterations, Ethel was used as a gig boat in Birkenhead and Bromborough docks before being given to the Maritime Museum in 1980 by the Liverpool Boatmen Association.

Accession number 1981.529

Location

This boat is currently in store.