Aquabelle

Aquabelle

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Aquabelle
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
45ft
Boat Beam: 
12ft
Boat Draft: 
4ft 6ins
Boat Displacement: 
12 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Ailsa Craig
Boat Construction: 
Mahogany on teak
Boat Builder: 
Wm Osborne, Littlehampton
Boat Year: 
1939
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Benjamin Taylor of Hampton Wick and his daughter Joyce delivered Aquabelle to the Royal Navy to go to Dunkirk. Her twin Ailsa Craig diesels with a 100 gal. fuel tank gave her the endurance to tow 5 others back. She was dirty, her hatch covers were broken and the soldiers had left their khaki socks and mugs aboard. Fitted with a gun she went on to defend lighthouses from air attack.

After two post war owners she went to France where she was owned by Patrice Lolostuzzo, a canal boat skipper at Aigues Mortes. Our picture comes from the Dimbylow family album.

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