Folkestone Belle

built 1928 by Gale, H & Co Ltd, Cowes

Designated ensign Designated house flag

291

Registered


Passenger Vessel


Portsmouth


Ongoing conservation

Unknown


No

Yes


21/05/1996

13/08/2010



Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Diesel


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

12.79 feet (3.90 metres)


50.00 feet (15.25 metres)

4.98 feet (1.52 metres)


19.00


History

Built in 1928 by H. Gale & Co. of Cowes, Isle of Wight, FOLKESTONE BELLE is a passenger launch with the capacity for 90 passengers. Her hull is mahogany and built of elm on oak frames and her current engine is a Ford Sabre.

During World War II she took part in the Dunkirk evacuation. She was then a ferry at Hayling Island named FOLKESTONE BELLE and was requisitioned to go first to Ramsgate and then to Dunkirk; she returned with about 100 men and the crossing took 19 hours. She remains an active member of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.

1956 saw her joint owned by George Owen Spraggs and Cecil James Spraggs, both ferry proprietors, and she was once more based at Hayling Island, Hampshire. Her name was changed to SOUTHSEA BELLE on 26 May 1967. The vessel is currently up for sale and is in need of some restorative work to her hull before being re-certified by MCA to carry passengers.

Previous names

  1. 1928 – 1945Folkstone Belle

Bibliography

  1. 1989 The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990 - Brann, Christian
  2. 1995 Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles - Hamer, Geoffrey
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

thole pin:

a single pin or one of a pair rising vertically from the sheer and acting in a variety of ways to provide a fulcrum for the oar