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Sea ScampSea Scamp History

SEA SCAMP , original name  ZEISIG, used by the Luftwaffe for navigation training 1936-44.  After WW2, she taken by British Forces as war reparations and sailed back to England as part of the WINDFALL fleet.  Renamed SEA SCAMP she was used by the ROYAL NAVY , ROYAL MARINES & SEA CADETS for sail training. 

In 1984 she was purchased by a group of enthusiasts who formed the SEA SCAMP SYNDICATE. 

For the last 26 years she has been based at Shamrock Quay and cruises around the Solent on spring and autumn weekends with extended summer cruises - changing crew each week – Channel Islands, Normandy, Brittany, East Coast & Holland, West Country & the Isles of Scilly,  Ireland, Western Scotland.  Participating in events such as the Royal Escape Race, RTIR, Benodet, Douarnenez and Brest  Festivals. 

A   Short History of Zeisig / Sea Scamp

Courtesy of Tony Venables, “The Windfall Yachts” by the late Michael Cudmore, & others.

1936 – Designed by H Rasmussen & built by Abeking & Rasmussen at Lemwerder,  Bremerhaven.   Build No. 3012.  Sail No V 43.  50 Sq metre Class.   Mahogany planks, oak frames  & pine deck        

1937 – Lloyds Register of Yachts – Tonnage (TM) 7,    Sail Area 537 sq ft.  Length 41 ft, Breadth 8.6 ft, Draft 5.5 ft.   No engine.  Owners:  Luftkreiskommando VI.   Kiel

1941 – 44  Based at West Dievenow on Wollin, used by the Luftwaffe Air Reconnaisance  Sea School for sea training and recreation -  Lt Wilhelm Meyer

1945    Seized by the Royal Navy as war reparations part of the Windfall Fleet.

1946 -  July - shake down cruise, a 60 mile race from Kiel to Rody Havn, a fishing port   on the island of Laaland, the race back was won by Zeisig – with no charts & faulty  compass.  - Lt Morin Scott RNR   and a lively crew.  Followed by – Operation  Homeward,  Zeisig sailed to Plymouth by  via the Dutch canals, Rotterdam,   Amsterdam & Ijmuden.   On arrival at Plymouth Zeisig renamed Sea Scamp and  allocated to the Royal Marines at their Plymouth barracks.   Sail No. 425

1948 – Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, College Yacht Rally  50 sq m Class – Sea Scamp second to Sea Breeze (in 20 yard visibility fog)

1949  - RNC Dartmouth Rally -   50 sq m Class – Sea Scamp first in fresh winds.

1954   Survey of Admiralty Yachts :    Sea Scamp, RNB Plymouth :  Hull – good, Spars & Sails – fair.   Category A – remaining life of 5 years or more.

1956    reallocated to HMS FISGARD, an apprentice training establishment across  the Tamar in Cornwall.

1966 -  1st engine installed – a Volvo Penta MD2 with a  3 blade 16” propellor

1966    reallocated to HMS RALEIGH, a new recruit training establishment in Plymouth.

1969    Lloyd's Register of Yachts: Tonnage(TM) 10,    Sail area 544 sq ft.  Sail No. 425

              Handicap – TCF 0.7956      Engine Volvo Penta 1cyl. 7 hp.

              Owner; Ministry of Defence(Navy) HMS Fisgard / HMS Raleigh. Plymouth

1974    reallocated to the SEA SCOUTS at  Plymouth & Grimsby.

1976    Dismasted. When moored to the quay at Jubilee Point, blown over onto hard sand.

1984   Disposed of by the Admiralty – purchased by Tony Venables for about £9,000.

           After a short refit she was sailed to Shamrock Quay, Southampton by a delivery   crew of at least 18 people.  The delivery voyage was in fact in 3 stages.

1984   to present – Owned and sailed by the Sea Scamp Syndicate - Shamrock Quay.

Sea ScampMore inforrnation about sailing on Sea Scamp and joining the Syndicate, which is open to everyone wishing to sail on a classic yacht ,can be found on the website 



Yacht Description


Sea Scamp Syndicate


Henry Rasmussen


50sq m Seefahrtkreuzer

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Abeking & Rasmussen


12.5 m

41 ft


12.5 m

41 ft


2.6 m

8.6 ft


1.8 m

5.11 ft


10 m

32.11 ft

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8.1 Tonnes

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Hull Material:

Mahogany/Pitch Pine

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Hull Frames:

Oak/Iroko Grown and Laminated


Keel Hung

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Pine Laid on Ply Deck

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Coach Roof


Classic Cruising




Aft Sloping



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2 Spreaders

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