Band of Hope HH4 is a 42ft Norman smack built in 1888.

She was purchased as a fishing boat in 1935 and converted by Corbetts at Greenwich to have four berths in two cabins. When purchased she had a loose footed mainsail and ‘Handy Billy’ auxiliary. She lay in Leigh Creek from 1939 to 1946 and was then salvaged and rebuilt by S. Emms and G. Doris, when an old Coventry Climax petrol engine was fitted. An extensive refit was carried out at Kings of Burnham between 1962 and 1964, and she sailed with a traditional mainsail.

The Coventry engine was replaced by a Dorman 4DSM diesel with new stern gear in 1960. Her hull was ferro-cement clad, with deck covered by marine ply and glassed with epoxy. New rail stanchions and rail were added with some rearrangement of accommodation.

Pictured in 1990
Band of Hope & ADC – East Coast 1969.
©David Cade
Lying in the River Roach in 2017.