The little ships of Dunkirk

Discussion in '1940' started by j5spitman, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. rewdco

    rewdco Senior Member

    The letter "P" in Bella Stock's "P1" registration indicates that this boat was registered in De Panne.

  2. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Neither mentioned in my Op Dynamo boat books.
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  5. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

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    I picked up a copy yesterday, and it had an dedication handwritten inside..was not until I sat down at home and studied it that I realised who had written it! And Im sure Drew will be impressed.
  6. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    Info from, The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships

    Gwen Eagle was a 40ft long twin screw motor cruiser built by William Osborne Ltd in Littlehampton in 1938. Her owner, Donald Hudson, lived in Hove and was a member of the Sussex Motor Yacht Club in Brighton. Donald Hudson had a replacement 41ft boat built by Osbornes in 1946, which was also called Gwen Eagle.
    Original photos from my collection.
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  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I can't read it :lol:
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    80th Anniversary Return to Dunkirk May 2020
    The Association plans to return to Dunkirk in May 2020 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo. It is expected that around 50 Little Ships escorted by the RNLI and the Royal Navy will take part in the Return.

    The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships has organised a Commemorative Return every five years, the first official ADLS Return taking place in 1975. Despite the average age of the Little Ships now being close to 85 years it is anticipated that this Return will be as well supported as ever. The task of taking this many elderly, traditional vessels across one of the world busiest shipping lanes is by no means insignificant. In fact the event is quite unique. With the exception of a small number of vessels that are operated by 'Trusts', all Little Ships are privately owned and receive no financial or other assistance from any public body or NGO.

    At this stage plans are very preliminary and this page will be updated regularly as the date of the event approaches.

    21. May 2020 (All day) - 25. May 2020 (All day)

    Calendar | Association of Dunkirk Little Ships
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Because the owners are minted :lol:

    Slight annoyance that they get to dictate the whole affair as everything revolves around when they can turn up. It will be a bit ridiculous if they stay with those dates - Operation Dynamo wasn't given the go ahead until the evening of 26th May 1940 and lasted until the morning of 4th June 1940, I'd have at the very least expected to be within this date range.

    My own annual pilgrimage this year is between the 29th May and the 4th June if anyone wants a beer one night around the Dunkirk area.
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  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I mentioned the above to the ADLS on their Facebook page and got this reply:

    I was slightly amused by the remark regarding getting time of work considering I manage it OK every year working for the emergency services and the chap that posted the message is a owner/partner in some big city firm and his profile has him flying aircraft, driving racing cars and sailing up the River Thames in a boat that's over 80 years old.

    Think I'll go and have a Tanqueray and Tonic, Cheers :lol:
  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

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  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    No 'little ships' at Dunkirk called Glasgow Dave.
  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

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