Built by Crossfields of Arnside in 1912

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Severn was built in Arnside in 1912 by William Crossfield and Sons in their Beach Walk
Boatyard. The purchase of the yacht was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.
Severn is one of ten Rivers Class yachts made by Crossfields for the Royal Mersey Yacht
Club. Owners of the yachts included three 1908 Olympic silver medallists, partners in
Cunard, a future High Sheriff of Westmorland and the 17th Earl of Derby who was Secretary of State for War 1916-18.

Click here to read about the full history of Severn

Crossfields of Arnside
Crossfields built yachts and fishing boats in Arnside. They were the leading builders of
Morecambe Bay Prawners or Lancashire Nobbies, which were fast sailing boats used to
catch prawns, shrimps and flounder in the Irish Sea. Crossfields also built Arthur Ransome’s
Swallow and Coch-y-bonddhu.
Around forty Crossfield’s boats are still in existence. These include Bontia (1888) which took
part in a Round Britain Race in 2014, Ziska (1903) which is now on the West Coast of
America, having been sailed across the Atlantic and Moya (1910) which is based in

Friends Group
A Friends Group has been set up to help maintain and sail Severn. If you want to join
please email

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For those of you who would like to help contribute to the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the yacht, please find our charity number and bank details below.

Charity number: 5120668

Account Name:
Friends of 1912 Crossfields Yacht Severn

Royal Bank of Scotland
Sort Code is: 83-04-25
Account No: 19346300