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    annabel War44 New Member

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    hello,
    I proceed to restore the little ship (H) Annabel having participated in Operation Dynamo,
    I would have known of documents, testimonies, evidence of the involvement of this flagship at the Battle of Dunkirk 1940.
    thank you
    jean pierre Lauzin
     
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    Hello jean pierre, do you have photographs of Annabel in her current state? Would love to see the progress you make with her.

    I wish you luck with your request.

    Jim
     
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    annabel War44 New Member

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    The little ship was originally called AQUABELLE

    The little ship was originally called AQUABELLE Aquabelle.JPG ,
    can you tell me how to change the name in the title of the discussion? thank you
    the following information available at:

    Association of Dunkirk Little Ships
    Nom du bateau: Aquabelle
    Type de bateau:
    Motor Yacht
    La longueur du bateau:
    45ft
    Largeur de bateau:
    12ft
    Projet de bateau:
    4ft 6ins
    Déplacement en bateau:
    12 tonnes Moteur de bateau:
    2 Ailsa Craig x Construction de bateaux:
    Acajou sur le teck Constructeur de bateaux:
    Littlehampton Wm Osborne, Année de bateau:
    1939
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    Benjamin Taylor de Hampton Wick et sa fille Joyce livré Aquabelle à la Royal Navy pour aller à Dunkerque. Sa double Ailsa Craig diesels avec un gal 100. réservoir de carburant lui a donné l'endurance pour tirer 5 autres en arrière. Elle était sale, ses panneaux de cale ont été brisées et les soldats avaient quitté leurs chaussettes kaki et tasses à bord. Equipé d'une arme à feu elle a continué à défendre les phares d'une attaque aérienne.
     
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    Thank You for the update annabel, looks like you have quite a bit of work to do to restore her to all her glory. Good Luck. :thumb:
     
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    My Grandfather, Benjamin Taylor had this boat built in 1939. I have inherited some information which will be of interest to the owner/restorer. Please make contact.
     
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    Thanks for that Colin, i will try emailing the OP ....
     
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    Aquabelle 1939

    Dear Jim; dear Colin,

    the restoration of Aquabelle is still going on: the deck is completly new (except final touch with teck... no budget...) the two original six cylinders Ailsa Craig diesel motors are running almost perfectly; Are starting renovation of cabins in style of the thirties. Are collecting all information, photos, on Aquabelle and previous owners. We would be pleased to keep contact with you and all persons interested by Aquabelle throught our Email address "aquabelle1939@gmail.com".

    All the best for 2012

    Alain
     

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    Thanks for the update Alain, it is good to hear that the rebuild is still on going, do you have a larger image than the one in the above post?

    Jim
     
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    Hello

    Thanks for sharing these unfamiliar things.
     
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    Aquabelle
    Web page for the Aquabelle.

    They did an excellent job restoring her.
     
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    Nice limes. I remember seeing FDR's. yacht before it was restored in Oakland/Alameda, CA.
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Yes but how about the lemons :)
     
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    Yeah, ages ago Sea Classics magazine did an article on her when the Navy was raising her after she sank. She was in pretty poor condition.

    Shame the USS Willamsburg could not have been similarly saved before she was scrapped in Italy a few years back.
     
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    Ecellent looking tattoos. As a doctor must ask do you have allergic reactions? Just a question that has nothing to do with people doing tattoos but people having reactions. Just as people having reactions to injections.
     

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