To quote John Stancliffe, the owner of “Merlion”,
our most recent winner of the Osland Trophy TTBR 2005.
“Everything you said about the quality of the Stanley & Thomas team’s work proved to be absolutely right. It has been an eye- opener to watch them over the last two years. What a thrill to see that such skills still exist on the river.”

Trophies Won:
Osland Trophy (best structural restoration) 2005
Runner up for Sheila Bourne Trophy (Best in Show) 2005.
Year Built:
Circa. 1921
Salter Brothers, Oxford
When Restored:
2004 / 05
32ft Gentleman's Beaver Stern Cabin Launch
Description of Renovation:
Formally known as "Magaretta", Merlion's earliest trace is to the River Cam in 1967, the boat was found sunk on the bottom of the River Trent and at this time a restoration was carried out. The boat was brought to the River Thames and when she was pulled out by the boatyard in 2000 the boat had deteriorated to the point that she was unriver worthy. A new owner was found and Stanley & Thomas set about restoring her completely from the keel up. Most of the planking and all of the timbers in the hull were replaced. The engine was removed and a restored 6 cylinder Gray Marine engine was installed by Dean Marine. A new cabin was designed and built in Mahogany with beautiful carvings. A removable canopy over the foredeck completed the look of the period.
The Launching into the River Preparation for Varnishing Steering Wheel Refurbished 6 cylinder Gray Marine Engine

Stanley & Thomas Boat Builders - Tom Jones Boatyard, Romney Lock, Windsor, Berkshire Tel: 01753 833 166