Camper & Nicholsons Yachts is synonymous with the world of yachting. Since yacht and boat building commenced at Camper & Nicholsons back in 1782, some of the finest and most famous yachts in the world have been built by the company.
Several of these yachts have earned immortality in the history books for their illustrious racing careers, particularly the magnificent Big Class cutters and J-Class racers of the 1920s and ‘30s. Both Shamrock IV and Shamrock V weredesigned by Charles Nicholson and built for Sir Thomas Lipton to challenge for the America’s Cup. Endeavour and Velsheda were also Camper & Nicholsons yachts, the first built for one of Britain’s most celebrated yachtsmen, Sir Thomas Sopwith, who’s aircraft company was largely responsible for building Britain’s First World War air force, and the second for Woolworth Chairman William F. Stephenson.
Camper & Nicholsons also produced one of the largest motor yachts ever built in Britain, the 1629 ton Philante, subsequently converted and renamed Norge for her new role as the Norwegian Royal Yacht. In 1960, Camper & Nicholsons developed the first of their glassfibre range of yachts.
Even with today’s sophisticated technology, it is comforting to know that each Nicholson yacht is virtually hand built beyond the moulding stage. In every sense, Camper & Nicholsons remain yachting’s first family.