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September 2011

Nauticalia Customers Raise £10,000 to Help Save Historic Little Ships

Nauticalia Customers Raise More Than £10,000 to Help Save the Historic Dunkirk Little Ships

Nauticalia Customers Raise More Than £10,000 to Help Save the Historic Dunkirk Little Ships

Jerry Lewis, Trustee of the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust (DLSRT), was presented with a cheque for £10,400 by Nauticalia managing director Chris Murdoch at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.

The money will help fund the ongoing work of the DLSRT to rescue and restore these historic vessels. The money has been raised by Nauticalia through customers’ donations.

We began collecting donations last year, during the 70th anniversary year of the Dunkirk evacuations, to help restore Lucy Lavers - an ex-RNLI lifeboat that saw action at Dunkirk. In 1940, with World War II less than a year old, 338,266 soldiers were rescued by the hastily-assembled fleet of 850 boats. During this dramatic evacuation of 126 merchant seamen lost their lives. The anniversary was marked by a flotilla of 50 of these extraordinary boats who sailed once again to Dunkirk, accompanied by the Royal Navy.

The charity has two aims, first to acquire Dunkirk Little Ships in danger of neglect and destruction and move them to a place of safety, and second to encourage the boatbuilding and conservation skills necessary to restore them.

Previously, Nauticalia customers have helped raise more than £80,000 for nautical charities including the RNLI, HMS Victory, Cutty Sark, Gipsy Moth, King George's Fund for Sailors and the Mission for Seafarers – from personal donations and royalties we pay on the sales of commemorative products.

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