81′ Thornycroft 1921


Dan Wood

(206) 719-1800

This is a boat with a lot of great history and character. Syrene I was built in 1921 in London for a Greek tobacco millionaire. In the 30s, she was brought to British Columbia to serve a mission boat for the Church of Canada. In 1941 she was purchased by the Forest Service of British Columbia to service the province’s forest lands. In 1977, she was purchased by a private owner and kept in a boathouse at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club until April of 2010. At that point she was purchased by her present owners, and now she is ready for her next voyage.

Full Specs

Vessel Name
Beam13′ 6″
Hull MaterialsWood
Fuel Capacity
Fresh Water Capacity
Cruising Speed
Top Speed


Number of Engines2
Total Horsepower

Additional Information


Hull Materials 

Inch and a half double planked teak over bent oak frames with yew wood and copper sheathing below the waterline.  Sheathing copper fastened

Fastening                     Copper Riveted

Decks                           Teak Planked

Deck Houses                Teak Construction

Interior Materials       African Mahogany, Maple Burl, Zebra Wood floors

Electrical                     110 DC, 110 AC, 12 Volt

Navigation                   Decca Radar,  Garmin (new 2012), sounder by Ekolite,                                   standard compass  Auto pilot, air horn




 Fridge, freezer, Force 10 stove, Force 10 hot water, Stainless Steel counter tops at sink and fan.




Recent Work

Back up compressor serviced, 110 ac drive motor rebuilt, back up ac bilge pump, drive motor rebuilt and belts replaced.

At 2012 haul out all through hulls valves inspected, serviced and confirmed operational.

New 20 gallon head holding tank install to accommodate guest head aft.

Aft head and forward head replaced with Dometic fresh water heads.  All hosing and valves replaced.  Through deck fitting installed for both fore and aft holding tanks.  Aft tank from poly forward tank from stainless

Both hawse pipes replaced with stainless from deck through hull. Hawse deck bezel and hull backing blocks replaced  with locust wood at the same time in  summer of 2011),  Starboard anchor plate replaced.

Backing block over starboard shaft strut replaced 2012, port backing bloc found to be sound.

All hull fastener plugs removed and replaced 2012, hull sanded, primed and fresh painted 2012 using “Fine Paint of Europe.

Vessel hauled in 2010 and 2012 for below water line inspection. No faults found.  Bottom painted summer 2012 all zincs replaced and new transponder installed on bottom. All of the above described work completed by Jensen Boatyard Seattle.

Salon sanded and stripped as needed, primed and repainted.  Salon African mahogany ceiling caps removed, wooded out and finished in varnish. (2011)

Teak hand rails sanded and finished in varnish. (2012)

Mast stripped and varnish, air horn refurbished

Boat deck cleaned, sanded and resurfaced with water proofing and non skid application.

Canvas covers for large teak fordeck boxes replaced. (2012)

Boat cover canvas replaced (2012

Installation of new 12 volt system including auto charge battery servicer, wiring and switch/fuse box


Work In Progress 

Sanding and varnish work on deck cabin exteriors.

Installation new head in owner’s cabin.

Replacement of non stainless counter top elements in galley

Fabrication of deck boxes for accommodation of propane tanks on the boat deck.

Fabrication and installation of storage cupboard and service counter on aft deck

Addition of 110 ac outlets to multiple areas of the vessel

Installation of 12 volt back up auto bilge pump systems

Owner Scheduled Work

Re-bed half round located at intersection of deck and hull, sand and varnish same

Pull and replace seam seal on forward deck.  Caulking is tight with no leaks but sealer is somewhat worn

Replace canvas drops around vessel perimeter.

Lightly sand and oil decks

Upgrade salon settee

Design and fabricate radius bench across aft of stern deck

Usual seasonal maintanence

Notes To Work

The majority of work completed on Syrene has been done at the owners discretion and not due to a failure of materials or machinery.



Present Day Engines               Diesel , Twin Gardner L3’s c/w Gardner gears, air start and air shift

Backup Power Plant                Kohler; powering, air compressor, 110  AC and 12 volt

More Engine Room                  Fridge/Freezer compressor, domestic water pressure system, Full ac/ dc switching, back up bilge pumps, 30 gallon lube oil Storage,Constavolt ac/dc inverter, 12 volt auto charge, battery conditioner,


Main Deck                 

Open aft, Salon, Owners Cabin, Head, shower and Wheel House

Below aft                   

Two berth guest cabin with head, Dining Saloon, Galley and Engine Room

Below forward

Two double berth guest cabins, two heads, crews quarters, chain locker(s)

Information of Interest

Vessel Power  

Prior to the installation of the twin Gardner L3’s Syrene was powered by her original Thornycroft gasoline engines, Dormans, Widdop Keighleys, and Ruston & Hornsby engines.

Heating / Hot Water 

Supplied with a single Waywolff diesel fired boiler system.  Domestic hot water through an onboard heat exchanger / Force 10 (new) water heater and room heating through an on board hot water radiator system.


Ten knots at 850 RPM, combined fuel consumption of 4 gallons per hour

Below Access 

Aft via a mahogany spiral stair, forward via straight steps

Although build as a power yacht Syrene was originally equipped with two masts and a bowsprit complete with figure head.

She was sailed across the Atlantic, through the Canary Islands, the Panama Canal and up the Pacific coast

Ownership History

1921-1927                   G. Dracoulis                            Ithaca Greece

1927-1931                   G. Dracoulis                            Cannes France

1931-1936                   Columbia Coast Mission         British Columbia (re-named “John Antle)

1936-1938                   Charles Henry Kennedy          Vancouver, B.C.   (Name back to Syrene )

1938-1942                   Preston Locke                          Vancouver, B.C.

1942-1977                   B.C. Forestry Service               Vancouver, B.C.

1977-2010                   Harry (Jerry) Rendell              Vancouver, B.C.

Engine 1

Engine Make Gardner
Fuel Type Diesel

Engine 2

Engine Make Gardner
Fuel Type Diesel


Length Overall 82ft
Beam 13.5ft