Built 1937 by R. & J. Prior at Burnham, an oyster smack with a hull of carvel construction, pitch pine on oak and a Kelvin K2 44 hp engine. The Burnham Oyster Company had her purpose built for dredging. She attended the Dunkirk evacuations in World War II. At the end of the war Keeble & Sons of Paglesham, Essex, bought her and she resumed work as an oyster dredger. In 1962 the oyster population had diminished and she was sold to a private owner of Burnham-on-Crouch, who used her for inshore fishing. Ten years later she was sold again and she now works as a shrimping boat on the rivers Roach and Crouch based at Battlesbridge.
As of April 2018, vessel is reported to have been transported back to Burnham by a group of volunteers and is sitting at the Mangapps Railway Museum.
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Brann, Christian, The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990, Collectors Books Ltd, 1989
Purpose built for dredging for Burnham Oyster Company by R. & J. Prior at Burnham
Assisted in the Dunkirk evacuations in the Second World War
At end of war bought by Keeble & Sons of Paglesham, Essex and work as an oyster dredger resumed
Sold to private owner at Burnham-on-Crouch who used her for inshore fishing
Sold again for work as shrimping boat on rivers Roach and Crouch based at Battlesbridge
In commercial use by present owner
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