Ben Wales launches the restory RLYC tender Mary

Ben Wales has launched the ex Lymington Yacht Club tender and tiny Dunkirk Little Ship Mary that he has been steadily restoring over the past few years with the help of his friend Norman Rickman.

We’ve followed his progress on the clinker built 1930s motor launch since this this post in 2011. If you’re interested in seeing them all, this search link will be an imperfect way to find the posts, but should get you there.

Mary went back into the water on Saturday 6th June at 1pm at the slipway next to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, and the ceremony was performed by Joanna Lowis, great neice of the lady it was named after. The Mayor of Lymington and a crowd of around 30 people turned up to watch.

The final stage will be fitting the engine box and the exhaust system, followed by sea trials. Ben says he hopes to write again with more photos soon.  Meanwhile, here’s Ben’s leaflet about Mary.

Congratulations Ben – she looks great and I’m sure you’re pleased and proud.


Skylark IX Dunkirk Little Ship for sale on eBay

Skylark IX Dunkirk little ship for sale on eBay

This message arrived this morning:

‘The Leven Cruising Club is trying to find a home for the Skylark IX.

‘The Skylark IX played a vital role during the war during Operation Dynamo, in which she rescued more than 600 soldiers.

‘She is thought to be the last original Dunkirk Little Ship in Scotland.

‘We have been in contact with our local council with no avail. We are offering
her for the sum of £1 to anyone who can raise this historic ship and give her
the love that she deserves. I personally pledge that if you do save
this precious ship I will campaign endlessly to raise funds for its restoration

‘See eBay link.


‘Kyle Mccann’