Mary Irene

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)

Mary Irene

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Mary Irene
Boat Type: 
Fishing vessel
Boat Length: 
32ft 6ins
Boat Beam: 
11ft 6ins
Boat Draft: 
Boat Displacement: 
7 1/2 tonnes dwt
Boat Engine: 
150hp Ford 6D Diesel
Boat Construction: 
larch on oak
Boat Builder: 
Shutlers of Poole
Boat Year: 

Built in 1935, at Shutlers (later J Bolsons) Poole yard for Harry Cartridge, Mary Irene was a registered fishing vessel at Poole (PE 147) when she was 'called up' for duty at Dunkirk.
Apparently, he took her to Ramsgate in company with 14 other boats in order to join the Op. Dynamo fleet.
Nothing is presently known about her contribution to the Evacuation except that she was released to her owner on 6th June 1940 then being used to tow military vessels around the south coast.

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