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    built in 1926
    towed eight wherries to dunkirk and then made six trips into shore with those wherries to evacuate troops

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    still around to day

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    This is an example of a wherry.

    Used by boatmen along the north Kent coast for fishing parties and a row around the bay. Loads were "borrowed" for the Dunkirk evacuation, they were returned, but often with the decorative brass name lettering stolen by the dockyard mateys.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    The idea of depending on wherries to evacuate an army is difficult to comprehend. I understand wartime has its challenges, but this was a modern army within a few miles of home. How did things go so tits-up as to require wherries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    The idea of depending on wherries to evacuate an army is difficult to comprehend. I understand wartime has its challenges, but this was a modern army within a few miles of home. How did things go so tits-up as to require wherries?
    the larger royal navy ships couldn't access the docks at dunkirk and couldn't get close enough to shore for the troops to wade out to them
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    this one was also a dunkirk rescue boat...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    This is an example of a wherry.

    Used by boatmen along the north Kent coast for fishing parties and a row around the bay. Loads were "borrowed" for the Dunkirk evacuation, they were returned, but often with the decorative brass name lettering stolen by the dockyard mateys.
    Dude!

    Are there lines drawings of the type? That would make a wonderful model.

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    i like the bone in her teeth paint scheme
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Dude!

    Are there lines drawings of the type? That would make a wonderful model.

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    There will be, I'll have a look when we get home (visiting the kids at the moment) and PM you.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    There will be, I'll have a look when we get home (visiting the kids at the moment) and PM you.
    Thank you!

    I love that that we all understand one another’s affliction as to boats so very well, and that quirk allows us to remain a family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i like the bone in her teeth paint scheme
    Quite common with clinker built work boats. My grandfahthers boats were tarred bottom, white tash, and varnished topsides. Tarred below the floorboards inboard and wood grained above.

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    Cold Harbour, the beach where they plied for hire.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    There will be, I'll have a look when we get home (visiting the kids at the moment) and PM you.
    I cannot attach the image to the PM, so I've put it here.
    Scan_20190612 (2).jpg
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Nice shape, but very flat sheer.

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    I'm currently building a 1/24th scale model of Welcome. This is a fictitious Thames Barge in Arthur Ransome's book Coot Club. But she's heavily based on Pudge, a barge later used at Dunkirk...

    "[Pudge's] working life as a cargo carrier was interrupted in spectacular fashion by the Second World War when she was requisitioned in May 1940 whilst in Tilbury, drafted to Dover and thence to Dunkirk to aid the evacuation. Three barges including PUDGE were taken in tow by a tug and crossed the Channel under cover of darkness. As they reached the beaches at Dunkirk an explosion lifted PUDGE out of the water and, in the words of her skipper, “she came down the right way up”. She took onboard survivors and set off for England, picking up a tow from a tug on the way, to arrive safely back at Ramsgate."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    I'm currently building a 1/24th scale model of Welcome. This is a fictitious Thames Barge in Arthur Ransome's book Coot Club. But she's heavily based on Pudge, a barge later used at Dunkirk...

    "[Pudge's] working life as a cargo carrier was interrupted in spectacular fashion by the Second World War when she was requisitioned in May 1940 whilst in Tilbury, drafted to Dover and thence to Dunkirk to aid the evacuation. Three barges including PUDGE were taken in tow by a tug and crossed the Channel under cover of darkness. As they reached the beaches at Dunkirk an explosion lifted PUDGE out of the water and, in the words of her skipper, “she came down the right way up”. She took onboard survivors and set off for England, picking up a tow from a tug on the way, to arrive safely back at Ramsgate."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    I cannot attach the image to the PM, so I've put it here.
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    Is that from Inshore Craft of Britain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    The idea of depending on wherries to evacuate an army is difficult to comprehend. I understand wartime has its challenges, but this was a modern army within a few miles of home. How did things go so tits-up as to require wherries?
    Landing craft were probably still being designed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    The idea of depending on wherries to evacuate an army is difficult to comprehend. I understand wartime has its challenges, but this was a modern army within a few miles of home. How did things go so tits-up as to require wherries?
    One of the most infamous battles of the war. Things would have been fine if the Maginot Line had worked:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dunkirk

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkirk_evacuation




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    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    One of the most infamous battles of the war. Things would have been fine if the Maginot Line had worked:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dunkirk

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkirk_evacuation



    Typical example of military incompetence on one side being smashed by strategic insight on the other. The French (and British) sat back and thought they'd be fighting the same war as last time. The Germans took the military brilliance of Monash (which brought WW1 to an early end)... developed it and came back for a Blitzkrieg discussion.
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    Ask me! I've got my Leatherman!

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    There were many other challenges for the French other than the Maginot Line miscalculation. Including a population of young men who had actual or received memories of the last war, and were unwilling participants in the next one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Zoidberg!
    He and Amy are the correct scale.

    Now with the decking completed, I thought I'd give the crew some R&R. What better than quoits on the new expanse of deck?



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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    He and Amy are the correct scale.

    Now with the decking completed, I thought I'd give the crew some R&R. What better than quoits on the new expanse of deck?



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    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    Is that from Inshore Craft of Britain?
    Just so.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    Is that from Inshore Craft of Britain?
    sounds like a book that i need
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    sounds like a book that i need
    I do recommend it highly.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    sounds like a book that i need
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