Certificate no 292
Status Registered
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Details

Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location Weymouth
Vessel type Saloon Launch
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No

Construction

Builder Mitchell Brothers, Mevagissey
Built in 1931
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
11.60 feet (3.54 m)
Depth
2.90 feet (0.88 m)
Length: Overall
43.00 feet (13.12 m)
Tonnage: Gross
5.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

MY GIRL was built in Mevagissey Cornwall in 1931 as a pleasure boat; She was named after the musical ‘Me and My Girl’.

She was requisitioned by the Army for war service in 1939. She faithfully served Weymouth and Portland during the war years carrying troops, ammunition and supplies to Breakwater forts in Portland Harbour.  She carried 250,000 men and covered some 20,000 sea miles.

In 1994 MY GIRL was presented with the Royal Artillery Pennant to honour her war service, and was represented with the Pennant in 2016.  She is the only boat in the country to carry this Flag. 

Since her return to carrying passengers My Girl has featured in Many TV programmes and nostalgia articles.  The book ‘Weymouth at War’ tells her story.

After an extensive restoration period between 2013-2015 MY GIRL has returned to her former glory and still carries passengers around Weymouth and Portland.

Sources

Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995

Grants

  • January 2013

    A Sustainability Award of £1000 towards the costs of installing a new engine was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

Own this vessel?

If you are the owner of this vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information, please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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