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Veterans Cruise

The Annual Veterans Cruise will take place from Thames Motor Yacht Club, Hampton Court over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd September. Over 20 Little Ships are expected to support this important event.

On Saturday 1st September Little Ships will depart Thames Motor Yacht Club around 1300 and head downstream for a short service at the Dynamo memorial at Teddington Lock (around 1400). Little Ships will continue downstream and turn at Richmond before returning to TMYC. Veterans from the Falklands and other conflicts will be hosted.

1. September 2018 (All day) - 2. September 2018 (All day)

Annual Veterans Cruise

The 2017 Veterans Cruise will take place over two days with up to 20 Little Ships based at Thames Motor Yacht Club, Hampton Court. Veterans from the Korean War, the Falklands, war widows and others will join the Little Ships on Saturday. On Sunday the Little Ships will carry Veterans from WWII including Dunkirk Veterans, Normandy Veterans, Arctic convoy Veterans, Costal Forces Veterans and – for the first time ever – ladies who served in the WRENS during WWII.

2. September 2017 (All day) - 3. September 2017 (All day)

Thames Traditional Boat Festival Friday 14th - Sunday 16th July, Fawley Meadows, Henley - on - Thames

17 Little Ships are registered to attend this not-to-be -missed event on the banks of the River Thames at Henley. Little Ships will sail past on each day of the Festival at a time to be confirmed in the programme. However it is expected that the sail past will be mid afternoon.

The Association is particularly pleased to welcome 'Anne' and 'Deenar' after lengthy restoration.

14. July 2017 (All day) - 16. July 2017 (All day)

Annual Commemorative Cruise incorporating the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant - 2012

The 2012 Commemorative Cruise will be held in London, in West India Dock to coincide with the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Pageant to be held at high water on the afternoon of Sunday 3 June 2012 and the event will see up to a thousand boats muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to lead the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The Pageant celebrates Her Majesty's sixty years of service by magnificently bringing the Thames to life.
Little Ships will assemble in Barnes reach prior to the event.

1. June 2012 (All day) - 5. June 2012 (All day)

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Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Aberdonia
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
48ft
Boat Beam: 
11ft 3 ins
Boat Draft: 
4ft 6 ins
Boat Displacement: 
20 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Perkins M65 Diesels
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, teak
Boat Builder: 
Thornycroft
Boat Year: 
1935
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Ships, like people, seem to be divided into those who never budge from the place where they were born, and others, by contrast, which are only happy when they are on the move and sometimes end up at the other end of the world. The working barges of the East Coast of England and the Medway have never gone far from the yards where they were built and the Thames passenger launches and Gentlemen's cruisers of the thirties still carry on in the tradition established in that leisurely age before the clouds of war gathered over Europe and, like their owners were called to serve their country.

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