Nicholas Thorne's Family History Pages.
Building and launch of Tigress of Deben at Aberdour Marine                   Click on images to open

Her interior was to a custom design of my parents, an Architect and Interior designer respectively, making her very personal to our family.

Her British Racing Green hull and tan and lemon sails meant that she stood out where ever she went.

When Tigress was launched, in April 1973 during my Easter holidays, I was there and I went out on her sea trials.  Picture 15 (above) shows one of these trails with some of the men of Aberdour Marine who built her and her sister Victory 40s.

She was sold by my parents in 1985.

From pictures, sent to my parents by her new owners, she now has a different colour scheme. Her hull has been painted white from the water line to the rubbing strip while retaining some British Racing Green above that to the deck. This is because her new owners kept her in the warmer climate of Southern Europe where the dark hull would have been less practical.
Oil painting of Tigress of Deben with Come Away (previous boat) in left distance.

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The building of 'Tigress' and a sister ship in Aberdour Marine 1973.

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Sail swatches and hull colour. Plus a light hulled sister ship at sail.

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Interior swatches for Tigress of Deben.

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Saloon interior.

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Forward heads and colour picture of after cabin.

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Foreward cabin.

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Aft cabin.

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Aft cabin and aft heads.

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Tigress under canvas.

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The sea trials of Tigress of Deben, Firth of Forth. The men of Aberdour Marine (builders) and Thorne Family.

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First night in Aberdour Harbour.

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Aberdour and the Firth of Forth.

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Tigress enters her home waters.

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Various early shots of life on board Tigress.

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The first owners of Tigress, John and Ann Thorne.

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Vist to Poole

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See these related pages:   Aberdour Visit 2006        Aberdour Marine's former location: Silversands           Home

For more about these yachts take a look at the Victory 40 owner's website
In August 2006 I visited Scotland for research on my family tree. Below are the links to that trip
In 1973, after much planning, our family boat Tigress of Deben was launched from the boat yard at Aberdour Marine. Her hull had been moulded by Tylers, in England, before going north to be completed by the Scots craftsmen of this yard on the Firth of Forth.

Tigress of Deben on the launching slip. Click to Enlarge.

Aberdour Marine Yard 1973

Tigress of Deben launch day 17th April 1973.

Launch of Tigress of Deben 1973

Just launched 17th April 1973.

Tigress, just launched.

Tigress in her new colours for warm weather sailing.