Book Review-‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ by N. Sharpook

By Derek Law, published October 2020


The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships was formed soon after the twenty-fifth anniversary of Operation Dynamo, at the instigation of Raymond Baxter, when some 43 of the little ships sailed back to France as part of the commemoration of the evacuation. This volume of almost 200 pictures is published to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary and celebrates the work of the association. There is no accurate record of how many craft took part in the Dunkirk evacuation, but it is generally supposed to be about 900, of which 700 were privately owned. Around 120 of these are still operational, although many more may survive. The term ‘little ships’ brings to mind the archetypal small cabin cruiser of the time, but as this volume demonstrates these craft ranged from paddle steamers, tugs and passenger ferries to schuyts, lifeboats and even a fireboa…

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Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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