Certificate no 416
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Weybridge
Vessel type Motor Yacht
Current use Unknown
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Rampart, Southampton
Built in 1937
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
8.98 feet (2.74 m)
4.30 feet (1.31 m)
Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.20 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



LADY LOU is a motor yacht built in 1937 by Ramparts, Southampton. She has a composite hull of pitch pine planking on bent oak timbers, pitch pine stringers and grown oak floors suspending a 1 ton iron keel. During the Second World War, she took part in the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940, ferrying troops to ships waiting offshore. After the war she was returned to her original owner Parkestone. In 1953 she was on the Thames before being sold in 1959 to owners who kept her on the Thames for another 20 years. She was then bought again and was based on the Thames at Shepperton.

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Brann, Christian, The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990, Collectors Books Ltd, 1989
Classic Boat: St George's Crossing, August 2000
Classic Boat: Lady Lou, June 1998

Key dates

  • 1937

    Vessel built by Ramparts, Southampton


  • 1940

    Vessel took part in the Dunkirk evacuation




  • 1953

    Vessel under private ownership and based on the Thames

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