Malcolm Miller

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The Helena C in Genova in August, 2007.
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Name: Malcolm Miller
Builder: John Lewis & Sons, Aberdeen
Yard number: 353
Laid down: 23 March 1967
Launched: 10 October 1967
In service: 10 March 1968
Renamed: Helena C (2001)
Identification: Official number 303228
Callsign MYFU
Status: laid up
General characteristics
Class & type: Private yacht
Tonnage: 219 grt
Length: 148 ft 2 in (45.16 m) overall
Beam: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)
Draught: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
Propulsion: 7,110 sq ft (661 m2) sail, 2 x Perkins T 6 354 (M) 240 hp (180 kW) diesel engines
Sail plan: Schooner
Speed: 8.61 knots (15.95 km/h)
Malcolm Miller 1991, leaving Aberdeen
The Malcolm Miller on a buoy in Falmouth harbour, August 2009.

Malcolm Miller was a sail training ship built in Aberdeen, Scotland by John Lewis & Sons, shipbuilders. She was sold out of service in 2001 and renamed Helena C as a private yacht. Following a fire in 2008, she has been laid up.


Malcolm Miller was built in 1967, half of the construction cost being donated by Sir James Miller, a former Lord Mayor of London and Lord Provost of Edinburgh. She was named for Sir James' son Malcolm, who had been killed in a car accident.[1] The ship was designed by Camper & Nicholson and used by the Sail Training Association as a Sail Training Ship.[2] Malcolm Miller was a sister ship to Sir Winston Churchill.

In 2000, Malcolm Miller was replaced in service by Stavros S Niarchos.[3] In 2001, Malcolm Miller was sold and her new owners renamed her Helena C.[1] She was rebuilt and redelivered in 2004 as a private pleasure ship.[4] She crossed twice the Atlantic ocean.[5]

In June 2008 she was damaged by fire while being refurbished, leaving one man with serious burns.[6] Either before or after the fire (but no later than 2009), the ship was again up for sale and possibly changed owner.[7] As of August 2009, the ship (minus masts) and bearing the name Malcolm Miller was moored to a buoy in Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall. In November 2011, she was still laid up off Tolverne on the River Fal in Cornwall.

In January, 2012, she was towed to St. Peter Port, Guernsey and then on with destination Poland.[8]

As of April 2013, one website describes the ship as being for sale (asking a price of 5,5 million US Dollars)[5] and another as being for charter (asking 55,000 US Dollars per week off-season, or 60,000 in high season);[9] however, these ads possibly date back to the time before the fire in 2008.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Malcolm Miller". Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Helena C", Formerly Malcolm Miller, 3-Masted Topsail Schooner Lying Hants. UK". Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Malcolm Miller". Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  4. ^ "Helena C". Easter Yachts. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Classic Sail Yacht 3-Masted topsail Schooner HELENA C private website of Classic Yacht For Sale (retrieved on April 10, 2013)
  6. ^ "Malcolm Miller fire". Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  7. ^ Marked "sold" on Helena C on Eastern Yachts (retrieved on April 10, 2013)
  8. ^ Tallship-fan on Helena C. (retrieved on April 10, 2013)
  9. ^ Helena C private website of B&Y Charters (retrieved on April 10, 2013)