Cousin’s tales of his life on board superyacht Shemara

Raymond Plumley (left) with crew-mate on board the superyacht Shemara
Raymond Plumley (left) with crew-mate on board the superyacht Shemara
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The arrival at Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester, of the classic superyacht Shemara sparked happy memories for Jackie Baynes.

Jackie, of St Thomas’s Street, Old Portsmouth, recalls that in the 1950s the yacht was often in the news when she was owned by Sir Bernard and Lady Docker – celebrities of the day.

Shemara, berthed at Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester

Shemara, berthed at Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester

Her cousin, the late Raymond Plumley, pictured, from East Cowes, Isle of Wight, was a member of her crew.

Jackie said: ‘He used to come to visit my parents (his uncle and aunt) at Gurnard, Isle of Wight, and tell us all about life on board.

‘It seemed to be a constant round of parties and trips to glamorous places such as Capri and the south of France.’

The picture shows Raymond on the left larking about with deck mops and Jackie wonders if anyone recognises his crew-mate.

Shemara, 213ft long, was built by Thornycroft in Southampton and launched from there in 1938. She has been at Trafalgar Wharf since October, 2010 and restoration continues.

In 1943, while working as an anti submarine training ship with the Royal Navy, she used her sonar to locate HMS Untamed – a missing submarine that had been lost with all hands.