Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society

Due to government restrictions the Harbour Museum remains closed to protect the general public and our volunteers who man the museum.  Take care and stay safe.

The Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society was set up to preserve the Three Brothers (National Historic Vessel No. 2463) and to promote the history, preservation and sailing of local cobles. The BSCPS is a registered Charity (Charity Number 1095946)

Our Boats:-

The Three Brothers

Three Brothers is an historic 1912 sailing coble, built in Bridlington by Baker and Percy Siddall as a fishing vessel and for tourist trips. In 2013 it was totally restored by local boat builders, John Clarkson and Joe Gelsthorpe and sails regularly in Bridlington Bay. It has been featured by Ade Edmondson in ‘Ade at Sea’ and Prince Charles visited the boat the same year. The Coble is permanently moored and can be viewed in Bridlington Harbour.

The Gratitude

David Wharton, of Whitby, received grant aid from the English Tourist Board to build a brand new vessel.

The Gratitude (WY 97) was intended to be a floating museum. The Master Boatbuilder was Hector Handyside. This new boat was launched in 1976.

Mr. Alan Richmond of Scarborough later purchased The Gratitude and completely restored it and in 2012 The Gratitude was in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

The BSCPS acquired the boat in February 2015 to be permanently moored in Bridlington Harbour next to the Three Brothers.

Gansey Lass

Gansey Lass, built at Bridlington Harbour 2014 by John Clarkson and Joe Gelsthorpe assisted by Malcolm Smales and volunteers. Purchased by the BSCPS in 2017 with grant aid from Tesco’s Bags of help scheme.


All wooden boats need constant maintenance and repair and if you would be interested in assisting in this please contact

Membership of the Society

If you are interested in joining the Society please send your name, address, telephone number and email address together with a cheque for £15 for a Sailing Member or £5 Non Sailing Member (and any donation to help the Society) to:-

Harbour Office,
Gummers Wharf,
YO15 3AN

Membership entitles you to a welcome pack and by email notice of monthly meetings, agendas and minutes and a quarterly newsletter.

Sailing Our Cobles

All sailing society members are welcome to sail with us, space and conditions permitting.

If you want to go sailing please email the Sailing Master at as only sailing members can do this for insurance purposes but membership is only £15 a year

Proposed Sailing times for 2020 all the following are Sundays and weather permitting

January: 5th 10.00, 19th 10.00. February: Help required for stripiping and repaitning vessels in the VMF. March: 8th 13.00, 22nd 13.oo.  April: 5th 13.00, 19th 13.00. May: 3rd 11.00, 10th 16.00, 17th 11.30, 24th 16.00, 31st 10.00. June: 7th 16.00, 14th 10.00, 21st 15.00, 28th 09.00. July: 5th 15.00,  11th – 12th The Sailing Coble Festival 09.00, 19th 14.00, 26th 09.00. August: 2nd 14.00, 9th 18.00, 16th noon, 23rd 18.00, 30th noon. September: 6th 17.00, 13th noon, 20th 17.00, 27th noon. October: 4th 15.00, 11th 09.00, 18th 15.00, 25th 09.00. November: 1st 14.00, 15th 14.00, 22nd 09.00, 29th 14.00. December: 13th 12.30.

Harbour Heritage Museum

Located on Bridlington harbour, the Harbour Heritage Museum is entirely staffed by volunteers and displays lots of nautical artefacts, historic photographs, harbour history models. a video presentation and a constantly changing display of Bridlington’s history including Lawrence of Arabia, The Great Gale, Queen Henrietta Maria and a souvenir shop.

School parties are very welcome with prior arrangement, please contact the Harbour Office on 01262 670148.

Entrance is FREE but donations are always very welcome.

Opening Times are:

All Year round (weather permitting) open 10.30 am to 1600 pm. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

We are always looking for volunteers for 3 hourly sessions. Why not join us?  If you are interested in volunteering or for any other matter please contact the Society’s secretary at

Two new exhibits have been created for the Harbour Heritage Museum

John Paul Jones by retired coastguard Tony Ellis.

Lawrence of Arabia (T E Shaw) by local author Linda Ellis.

Shaping of heads by Joe Gelsthorpe, local boat builder and author.

Painting of the portraits by local artist Vicky Harrison-Sewell of the King Street Art Gallery.

Many thanks to them for their hard work.

The Museum, staffed by volunteers is open daily 10.30 to 16.00 (Summer 1st April to 31st October)

Entrance is free and donations help to maintain the two cobles ‘Three Brothers’ and ‘Gratitude’.

We hope to welcome you to our museum.