RIIS I previously White Heather

Commemorative Return 2013 - Ipswich

2013 will see the Little Ships return to Ipswich for their Annual Commemorative Cruise. A service will be held dockside at Ipswich Haven Marina on Sunday 26th May commencing at 1100. All are welcome.

25. May 2013 - 12:00 - 27. May 2013 - 17:00

Annual Veterans Cruise

The Annual Veterans Cruise will take place on the River Thames from Thames Motor Yacht Club (TMYC), Hampton Court to Weybridge Mariners Club, Shepperton Lock Island.
Over 80 Veterans including some of the few surviving Veterans of Operation Dynamo, Chelsea Pensioners, Normandy Veterans and some of the original Commandos will join Association of Dunkirk Little Ships Honorary Admiral, Prince Michael of Kent for his special day out on the River Thames.

16. September 2012 (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)

Annual Veterans Cruise

In excess of 15 Little Ships are expected to take part in the Annual Veterans Cruise on the River Thames between Kingston on Thames and Weybridge. Up to 90 Veterans including some of the last survivors from the Dunkirk evacuations, Chelsea Pensioners and their partners/carers will join the Little Ships for this unique event. Little Ships with the Veterans aboard will leave Thames Motor Yacht Club opposite Molesey Lock near Hampton Court around 1000.

4. September 2011 - 9:00 - 17:00

Annual Commemorative Cruise - Ramsgate

The annual Commemorative Cruise will see many of the Little Ships of the ADLS fleet return to the hospitality of Ramsgate Royal Harbour. It is anticipated that Little Ships will arrive independently on Thursday 26 through Saturday 28th. A quay side service will be held on Sunday 29th at 1100 at the Sailor's Chapel adjacent to the Royal Harbour. All are welcome. Weather permitting the Little Ships will form up outside the Harbour, after the Service of Remembrance, for a wreath laying ceremony. On Sunday evening, members and guests will attend an evening dinner at the Pegwell Bay Hotel.

27. May 2011 (All day) - 30. May 2011 (All day)

SAIL Amsterdam 2010

It is hoped that a strong contingent from the ADLS will attend SAIL Amsterdam. What better way to visit the famously hospitable City of Amsterdam than as a part of the ADLS flotilla. It is expected that the fleet will depart from Harwich. Contact webadmin@adls.org in the first instance and you will be put in touch with the ADLS organiser.

19. August 2010 (All day) - 23. August 2010 (All day)

Annual Veterans Cruise Sunday 5th Sept 2010

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO DUNKIRK< THE ADLS ARE NOW PREPARING FOR THE ANNUAL VETERANS CRUISE, WHICH THIS YEAR TAKES PLACE ON SUNDAY 5 SEPTEMBER. THE FLOTILLA OF LITTLE SHIPS WILL MOOR DOWNSTREAM OF KINGSTON BRIDGE FOR VETERANS TO EMBARK AT 0915 FOR A 0945 DEPARTURE, AND WILL TRANSIT EAST MOLESEY AND SUNBURY LOCKS TO MAKE AN ETA AT THE WEYBRIDGE MARINERS CLUB OF APPROXIMATELY 1300. THE VETERANS WILL BE HOSTED THERE TO LUNCH BEFORE RETURNING TO KINGSTON IN A FLEET OF PERIOD VEHICLES AT APPROXIMATELY 1530.

5. September 2010 - 9:00 - 17:00

Annual Veterans Cruise; Kingston on Thames to Weybridge Mariners

The Annual Veterans Cruise is one of the most important events in the ADLS calendar. Originally conceived as an opportunity to reunite participants in Operation Dynamo with the Little Ships, the event now includes Veterans from D-Day and other operations of WWII.

13. September 2009 - 9:30 - 18:00

White Heather now RIIS I

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
RIIS I previously White Heather
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
57ft 6ins
Boat Beam: 
10ft 6ins
Boat Draft: 
4ft 9ins
Boat Displacement: 
27 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Thornycroft 85hp Diesels
Boat Construction: 
Pitch pine on oak
Boat Builder: 
McGruer & Co., Dumbartonshire
Boat Year: 
1920
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White Heather was designed by W.G. McBryde and built in 1920 by McGruer & Co. Ltd. of Clynder, Scotland as a 21st birthday present for Isla Johnston, daughter of the owner of a Scottish shipping company. It was thought to be such a prestigious project that the foreman at McGruers made a model of the boat. The family also had a racing yacht and White Heather, with her powerful Thornycroft petrol/paraffin engines, which she had for 34 years, was used to tow the yacht from regatta to regatta.

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