The PS Crested Eagle



The 'Crested Eagle' was a wooden Thames paddle steamer. At 6pm on the 28th May 1940, the vessel had 600 troops aboard as she left her mooring on the Dunkirk Mole. She came under immediate attack from German dive bombers and was quickly hit and set alight. To save as many lives as possible, the captain turned the vessel towards the shore and beached the blazing ship at Zuydcoote, east of Dunkirk. However, around 300 soldiers and crew perished in the inferno. At low water, the remains of the burnt out hull can still be seen today.

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