Lucy Lavers

Liverpool Class Lifeboat built 1940 by Groves & Gutteridge Ltd, Cowes

Designated ensign Designated house flag

2206

Registered


Service Vessel

Lifeboat


Liverpool Class Lifeboat

Stiffkey


Commercial Activity

Unknown


No

Yes


02/03/2009

18/12/2012


Web site

www.rescuewoodenboats.com

Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Petrol


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

10.23 feet (3.12 metres)


35.48 feet (10.82 metres)

To be confirmed


0.00


History

LUCY LAVERS served at Aldeburgh from 1940 and went into reserve from 1959 to 1968. She was launched 82 times in total and saved 44 lives. She was later sold out of service and re-named L'ESPERANCE. In 1997 she was stripped in Jersey to restore another lifeboat and was then taken on by the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust. She was never restored by them, but stored (as little more than a hull) in various boatyards on the South Coast before being tracked down by the Rescue Wooden Boats Charity to whom she was donated.

Restoration work was started on her in December 2011. Lucy Lavers restoration was completed as planned in time to return to Dunkirk for the 75th anniversary of Operation Dynamo in May 2015, in company with about 50 other Dunkirk Little Ships.

Since July 2015 she has been moored in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk (where she twice served during the 1960s as relief lifeboat) and gives trips afloat.

ADLS News (Spring, 2015) Fleet news
Peter Willis, Classic Boat (May , 2015, pp51) The Little Ships Prepare to Revisit Dunkirk pub: Classic Boat

Previous names

  1. L'Esperance

Subsequent Developments

  1. 31 March 2009 LUCY LAVERS is now owned by the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust and is currently in storage at Keyhaven awaiting funds to complete her restoration. Source: current owners
  2. December 2011 LUCY LAVERS is currently undergoing restoration in Stiffkey, Norfolk. Source: Rescue Wooden Boats charity
  3. September 2012 Once restored, the plan is to return the vessel back to Dunkirk, by sea, with visits by school children and the general public on the way, to the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation of troops in 2015. She will also take people on trips afloat locally in the summer and be on view for visits in the winter. Source: Rescue Wooden Boats charity
  4. November 2012 Rescue Wooden Boats has secured £99,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore LUCY LAVERS, which will account for 67% of the projected costs of the restoration. The aim is to restore her in time to return to Dunkirk in 2015 for 75th anniversary celebrations of the evacuation of troops. When fully restored she will be returned to the water in Wells, where she once served. Source: EDP24.co.uk, Dec 2012

Bibliography

    LUCY LAVERS served at Aldeburgh from 1940 and went into reserve from 1959 to 1968. She was launched 82 times in total and saved 44 lives. She was later sold out of service and re-named L'ESPERANCE. In 1997 she was stripped in Jersey to restore another lifeboat and was then taken on by the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust. She was never restored by them, but stored (as little more than a hull) in various boatyards on the South Coast before being tracked down by the Rescue Wooden Boats Charity to whom she was donated.

    Restoration work was started on her in December 2011. Lucy Lavers restoration was completed as planned in time to return to Dunkirk for the 75th anniversary of Operation Dynamo in May 2015, in company with about 50 other Dunkirk Little Ships.

    Since July 2015 she has been moored in Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk (where she twice served during the 1960s as relief lifeboat) and gives trips afloat.

    ADLS News (Spring, 2015) Fleet news
    Peter Willis, Classic Boat (May , 2015, pp51) The Little Ships Prepare to Revisit Dunkirk pub: Classic Boat

Grants

  1. 2012-2013 The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £99,300 for restoration and interpretation
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

parrel:

a rope, chain or iron collar which attaches the yard to the mast but which allows vertical movement