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4 Yachts Named XARIFA

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The First Xarifa. First photo, source unknown. Second photo, Cowes Maritime Museum. Please contact them if you wish to use this photo.

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First Xarifa, during wartime sevice WWI. Source unkown.


  • Xarifa, Ophelie, Halcyon II; 1894, 192′ Des. & Blt. John H. White, Cowes.  Composit Steam Aux. Bgtn.  Bought in Britain by U. S. Gov’t during WWI.  Owned in U. S. after.  Was tender to Vanitie.
  • Xarfia; 1912, Gaff Ketch.  LOA 134′ 0′.  Des.  Joseph M. Sopher.  Probably Blt. John S. White.  Once did 14 knots for six consecutive hours.
  • Xarifa; 1927, 141′  spoon bow 3M Gaff fore & Main Marconi Mizzen Sch.  Des.  Joseph M. Sopher  Probably Blt. John S. White.  Between 1951 & 1960 used as a research vessel by Hans Hass.   Now Marconi on all masts.   Has found a new owner, a Panamanian charter company owned by a gentleman from Spain.  Currently undergoing a major refit in the same Spanish yard that built the replica of the schooner yacht Elena and performed the final outfitting of the cod fishing schooner Santa Maria Manuela.   This fine vessel is sailing again under an enlarged rig.  From information  we have seen in the press she looks great!
  • Xarifa, S. S. Caymania; 1930, 204′ spoon bow steam yacht, no sail.  Des. Joseph M. Sopher, Blt. John S. White.
  • We hope we have gotten the thread of things right with these four fine yachts.  There may have been a fifth one, a large schooner, also a Sopher design Blt. 1900 or 1901 for Franklin Singer by Camper and Nicholson.
  • We have additional information on some of the vessels named Xarifa. 
  • Latest update Jan. 7, 2017

Written by classicsailnews

November 13, 2009 at 4:13 am

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  1. “Gosport in Old Photographs” by John Sadden (1990, ISBN 0-86299-710-0) includes two photos relating to the launch in June 1912 of “Xrifa” (sic), a 278 ton, 90 ft auxiliary ketch. The author states “This vessel represented the state-of-the-art in design and comfort. The interior was fitted in mahogany and satinwood inlaid with rosewood. Luxurious extras included a refridgerating plant, electric lighting and an electric generator. The client was a Mr Franklin M. Singer, a wealthy American yachtsman.” The boatyard is not specifically stated, but the photos are included with others of Camper & Nicholson’s, so was presumably built there.

    John Simpkins

    October 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    • Hi John, Thank you for the information on the 1912 Xarifa. We will include in our base. Best Len


      October 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

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