Canvey Island Boat Builders

G.Prout & Sons and Prout Catamarans

1960-70’s  

Prouts sold their craft all over the world privately and through agents. The main agents were in Holland, France and U.S.A

I remember having a call from our Dutch agent saying he had sold a Swift 14ft catamaran and the owner would like to come over to collect, we assumed by car and trail it back, but on arrival at the factory he said that he would be sailing it back to Holland. The weather was fine and we heard that he had a good trip back.

We shipped Swifts on trailers to Holland via Southend Airport by Southend Car Ferries .

Ian checking crated Scoprels

The French agent generally ordered twenty-five 6ft Scoprels folding yacht tenders at a time, these were crated up and shipped over via Dover.

Many of the large cruising catamarans were sold to the USA, some were shipped over as deck cargo and others sailed over, either by there owners or by a delivery skipper, one being Jack Fenwick of Canvey .

Loading Hurrying Angel on to SS American Courier

“Hurrying Angel” was one cruising catamaran that was motored from Canvey up to the Royal London Docks where it was craned on to the” American Courier” for delivery to the U.S.A.

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Comments about this page

  • That’s my Dad in the middle..James Black. A.K.A. Jim, Jimmy or Jock. Looks to be standing admiring his work!! 🙂

    By Cheri Arlenghi (nee Black) (16/10/2012)
  • hi i sailed with Jack in the winter of 1985 1986 wonderd if he is stiil about GOOD OLL JACK

    By Tony Triggs (28/02/2013)
  • Nice photographs! My wife and I still sail at The North Sea with our Swift MK II. Please tell me how I van send you pictures. In The Hague are still several Swifts. My friend sails with à Swift MK III with à trampoline. 

    Yours, Joop ten Velden

    By Joop ten Velden (11/09/2014)
  • You can email them to us using the address cca@canveyisland.org

    Thank you Joop

    By Janet Penn (11/09/2014)
  • Have been taking Dave for a stroll down memory lane, he was so excited to see the photos of Prouts.  David (Bown) is now 83 and living in Oxfordshire and seeing these photos have done his memory a power of good.

    By Muriel Bown (10/02/2018)
  • Thats great Muriel. Makes all our hard work worthwhile.

    By Janet Penn (10/02/2018)

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