Kingston upon Thames London UK
This lovely passenger vessel and hero ship has had a glorious past, it has spent most its life entertaining passengers navigating the inland waterways and in particular the River Thames, and was part of Project Dynamo which rescued men from the beaches during the WWII evacuation from Dunkirk. This is one of 2 sister ships, named Mutt & Jeff, and was built by Joe Meers for his successful passenger operation in 1923. Jeff worked the River Thames, from Westminster to Old Swan Pier, before it was bought by another charter company and worked from Boveney Lock near Windsor. After a spell at Whatford & Sons of Hampton Court it was bought by Turks launches to work the River from Kingston.
The boat is sold by local broker - Zeewarriors
According to the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships; “Jeff is rare among the Dunkirk Ships still operating, because she remains very close to her original appearance and a trip in her, perhaps more than in any other, is instantly evocative of the period of the lively young things whom she served to entertain in the boisterous nineteen -twenties. Little did some of them guess that she would be there to rescue them from the beach at La Panne, to get them back to England in 1940.”
Original Function: Passenger Vessel
Type: Motor Launch
Builder: Joe Mears
Classification: MCA Coded 2021 pending
Build date: 1923
Length overall: 39ft 9ins
Displacement: 12.5 Tonnes
Beam: 9ft 9ins
Draft: 2ft 9ins
Primary Propulsion: Engine
Engine: 4 Cylinder Vetus Water Cooled Engine
Controls: Single Screw
NOTE: excludes all life saving equipment
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