75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Antwerp - 6 to 8 September 2019

On September 3rd, 1944 General Montgomery ordered General Dempsey, head of the British 2nd Army, to occupy Antwerp. The 11th Armoured Division did just this on September 4th.
In September 2019 Antwerp will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation and the ADLS have been invited to join that event.

Planning for this event is at an early stage. Skippers interested in taking their Little Ship to Antwerp for this event should register their interest with the Hon Events Secretary events@adls.org.uk.

6. September 2019 (All day) - 8. September 2019 (All day)


Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
30 ft
Boat Beam: 
8.5 ft
Boat Draft: 
2.5 ft
Boat Displacement: 
8 tons
Boat Engine: 
1x 2 Cylinder Petrol
Boat Construction: 
Boat Builder: 
Boat Year: 

As early as 14th May 1940 the BBC announced that "the Admiralty requests all owners of self-propelled craft between 30ft. and 100ft. to send all particulars within fourteen days" so that they could be requisitioned. This was more an order than a request and by 26th May most of them were called into service.
At Dunkirk she ferried troops from the beach to the larger vessels lying offshore and she finally returned full of British and French soldiers. For the rest of the war, she was stationed in Chatham Dockyard.

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