A Dunkirk memory
Many fine luxury classic launches sail down the Thames to gather at Ramsgate for a ‘sail over’ in company to Dunkirk and back. I was lucky to spot some of these up- river craft from Cadogan Pier in Chelsea motor gracefully past the installation here at Greenwich. I don’t suppose they could spot this impressive display which mystified us – an array of ensigns would have helped – but it’s typical of the NMM to catch the punter’s eye.
However, I decided to search my photo files and – success! – I found some old snaps recording the event many years ago with the Friends of the NMM at the Royal Temple Yacht Club high over Ramsgate harbour – a contrast to Bob Crouch’s article from his ‘A Tour through Liquid Time’, which show watermen rescuing troops on Dunkirk’s beaches.
Also snapped is a motor cruiser from somewhere on the Thames which typifies a typical gentleman’s craft of that time – salute!