Certificate no 643
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Pinnace
Location Ramsgate
Vessel type Naval Pinnace
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Admiralty, Portsmouth
Built in 1937
Hull material Wood
Rig Bermudan Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.10 feet (3.69 m)
4.59 feet (1.40 m)
Length: Overall
41.97 feet (12.80 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



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.

We are currently seeking further information on this National Historic Fleet vessel. If you have any details about this vessel past or present, please contact us.


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

Key dates

  • 1937

    Launched in Portsmouth and served as an Admiral’s barge

  • 1939

    Registered with new owners based on the Thames

  • 1940

    Took part in Dunkirk evacuation and lost her dinghy

  • 1946

    Pre-war owners never reclaimed the vessel, so she was sold into private ownership and used as a houseboat

  • 1990

    Took part in 50th anniversary Return to Dunkirk as a founder member of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships

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