Built in 1926 by Short Brothers, Leicester, SOUTHERN QUEEN is an open passenger boat of oak construction with a Ford Barracuda Mk II. She has the capacity for 81 passengers. Prior to World War II she worked out of Folkestone and was commandeered by the Navy at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, taking troops from the beach to larger ships anchored offshore. She then remained in naval service throughout the war. She returned to pleasure use at Folkestone and, in 1961, was registered to owner A.E. Bellingham of 51 Burrow Road. The following year, she was taken to the Isles of Scilly where she was used for inter-island services. Later owners in the Scillies were Frank Pender and Alec Hicks. She was beached and abandoned in 1995, then later towed back to Rye, East Sussex.
Update, July 2020: Reported to be in very bad condition at Mariner's Farm boatyard in Rainham, Kent
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Brann, Christian, The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990, Collectors Books Ltd, 1989
Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995
Classic Boat: The Southern Queen Story, August 2010
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