The Motor Yacht “Anne”



This vessel is one of the surviving little ships of Dunkirk. She was built by Frank Curtis of Looe, Cornwall, in 1925. The Anne was sloop-rigged, of carvel construction, planked in pine on oak. She has retained the two Ailsa Craig petrol/TVO engines driving her two propellers.

At the time of Dunkirk, the Anne belonged to Mr. P.J. Darby. As in so many histories of Dunkirk little ships, her precise war-time service has not been recorded, but her name appears in all the official records.
Porthole glass from the Motor Yacht "Anne"
The vessel was the subject of a major overhaul by Mr Bambridge of Winterbourne in the 1970s and 80s. She was sold in 2009 to Kes Travers, a former Royal Nay submariner. She has now undergone further restoration and participated in the 2010 "pilgrimage" to Dunkirk as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations. She also took part in the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebration on the Thames in 2012.

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