Tahilla previously Skylark

Visit to Portsmouth Harbour and the Royal Yacht Squadron

On Monday June 3rd Veterans of the D-Day landings will travel to Normandy aboard a commercial ferry. The ferry will be escorted out of Portsmouth Harbour by classic vessels of the period and the ADLS has been invited to take part in this 75th anniversary event. Prior to this event the Little Ships will be on display in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
After the event it is hoped the Little Ships will visit the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes.

1. June 2019 (All day) - 5. June 2019 (All day)

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

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)

Southampton Boat Show

The Association is pleased to announce that Tahilla will be present at the Southampton Boat Show from 15th to 18th September. Her skipper, Mr Jerry Lewis will be happy to talk about any aspect of the Associations' or the Restoration Trusts' activities.

15. September 2010 (All day) - 18. September 2010 (All day)

Tahilla previously Skylark

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Tahilla previously Skylark
Boat Type: 
Auxiliary Ketch
Boat Length: 
Boat Beam: 
13ft 1in
Boat Draft: 
Boat Displacement: 
30.51 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Gardner 4LK Diesels
Boat Construction: 
Carvel teak
Boat Builder: 
Thornycroft, Hampton-on-Thames
Boat Year: 

Skylark was built by John I Thornycroft at Hampton-on-Thames in 1922 for D. Melville Wills of Bristol and the Kyle of Lochalsh, to cruise between his two estates.

After he sold her in 1926, Bristol remained her home port until the war and 1939 found her on the Thames to be laid up.

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