Dorian

A Southampton Heritage Federation event to welcome the Dunkirk Little Ship Steam Tug ”Challenge” to the Port of Southampton

The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology on behalf of the Southampton Heritage Federation is delighted to announce the Southampton Maritime Festival, taking place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2013 at the Ocean Cruise Terminal, Southampton to celebrate the arrival of the Steam Tug “Challenge” following her major restoration, partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The lead organisation will be the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration trust.

5. May 2013 - 12:00 - 6. May 2013 - 18:00

Dorian

Dorian

Dorian

Dorian

Dorian

Dorian

Dorian

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Dorian
Boat Type: 
Pinnace
Boat Length: 
41 ft
Boat Beam: 
12 ft 1 ins
Boat Draft: 
5 ft
Boat Displacement: 
16.61 tons
Boat Engine: 
None
Boat Construction: 
Teak on oak
Boat Builder: 
Portsmouth Navy Yard
Boat Year: 
1918
Member of the Restoration Trust

When she was originally built in 1918, Dorian was a pinnace - a 41-foot harbour launch with a Gardner or Kelvin petrol engine. A Mr. Findlay bought her in 1937 from the Admiralty. He lengthened and converted her to a cruising yacht for charter but when the war started she was commandeered once more by the Admiralty for the duration. The Navy took her to Dunkirk and she then spent the rest of the war at anchor in Chichester harbour.

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