Golden Vanity is thought to be the sole surviving Mumble Bee, the smallest of the Brixham trawlers. She was restored in the 1980s by a local trust and is now used for RYA courses and youth adventure sailing.
She was built by Sanders at Galmpton in 1908. Although built as a working boat, she was used as a base by marine artist Arthur Briscoe to paint the Brixham fishing fleet.
One of the friends who sailed with Briscoe was Erskine Childers – who had already written his famous yachting spy novel ‘Riddle of the Sands’. Before the First World War they sailed Golden Vanity extensively in the southern North Sea, regularly visiting Holland and Belgium, the ‘lowlands, low’ mentioned in the shanty.