Thursday, 24 January 2013

Silver Queen in Docklands

A boat we saw in Royal Victoria Dock a couple of weeks ago was Silver Queen.

This vessel was one of the Little Ships which took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk. There's some information on the National Register of Historic Vessels and on the boat's own website.

According to the NRHV the boat was built in 1926 as a harbour launch, and was requisitioned in 1940 by the Admiralty, being towed across the Channel to help in the evacuation. The 2' draught was well suited for ferrying troops from the beach to larger ships lying in deeper waters.

Silver Queen is operated commercially as a trip boat and for private charters from its base here in the dock. She looks stunning.

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