When LAMOUETTE was launched in Portsmouth in 1937 as a naval pinnace built after the design of a Norwegian whaler, she served as an Admiral's Barge. She took part in the Dunkirk evacuation where she lost her dinghy which later had to be replaced at a cost of £8.10s.
When her pre-war owners did not claim her after 1946, she was bought by Marshal Hayes, an engineer, who used her as a home when work caused him to move to the south of England. She was a comfortable home with calor gas lighting and an anthracite stove for winter.
Her present owner has owned her since 1964.
Brann, Christian, The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990, Collectors Books Ltd, 1989
Classic Boat: St George's Crossing, August 2000
Launched in Portsmouth and served as an Admiral’s barge
Registered with new owners based on the Thames
Took part in Dunkirk evacuation and lost her dinghy
Pre-war owners never reclaimed the vessel, so she was sold into private ownership and used as a houseboat
Took part in 50th anniversary Return to Dunkirk as a founder member of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships
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