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
Vessel built by Ramparts, Southampton
Vessel took part in the Dunkirk evacuation
Vessel under private ownership and based on the Thames
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