Tom Tit

34th Thames Traditional Boat Rally - Fawley Meadows, Henley-on-Thames

It is expected that 15 Little Ships will attend the 34th Thames Traditional Boat Rally, Henley-on-Thames over the weekend of July 16 and 17. The schedule for the Little Ships to sail past on is as follows:
....Saturday – 13:40 Little Ships form a line on to the booms – 14:05 WWII Veterans sail past aboard Devon Belle followed by a sail past of the Little Ships
....Sunday – 13:45 Little Ships sail past

It is hoped that a number of Veterans will join the Little Ships on Saturday aboard Devon Belle for the sail past.

16. July 2011 (All day) - 17. July 2011 (All day)

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)

BBC One Show

The BBC One Show at 7pm on Tuesday 25th May will feature Tom Tit and Dunkirk Veteran Major Freddie Hunn . It will include film of Tom Tit with Major Freddie Hunn on board cruising between Teddington and Kingston. There is an interview with Trevor Phillips (the skipper) talking of the boat's history and Dunkirk involvement. There is also an interesting interview with Major Freddie Hunn.

25. May 2010 - 19:00 - 19:30

33rd The Thames Traditional Boat Rally

A glorious weekend of varnished wood and gleaming brass. 16 Little Ships are expected to attend the Rally held at Fawley Meadows, Henley-on-Thames. See http://www.tradboatrally.com for more information on the Rally.

17. July 2010 (All day) - 18. July 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

Thames Traditional Boat Rally

The Thames Traditional Boat Rally is, simply put, a huge 2-day display of the very finest-looking traditional boats one can see. It was the dream, back in 1977, of a few keen boaters. Most of these were members of the River Thames Society, others were members of the Inland Waterways Association or Thames boat clubs. Their idea was to encourage owners of traditional craft to cherish and restore them to all their former glory, as well as to continue to use them upon the river.

18. July 2009 (All day) - 19. July 2009 (All day)

Tom Tit

Tom Tit

Tom Tit

Tom Tit

Tom Tit

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Tom Tit
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
40ft / 12.19 metres
Boat Beam: 
11ft 3in / 3.44 metres
Boat Draft: 
3ft 8ins
Boat Displacement: 
10.9 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Nanni 2.5 litre diesel
Boat Construction: 
Teak on rock elm
Boat Builder: 
K R Skentelbery, Plymouth
Boat Year: 
1938
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The part played by Tom Tit at Dunkirk is not on record because Ron Tomlinson and his brother Alan took her on impulse and without authority on 1st June 1940 from the end of Ramsgate Pier. Ron had been to Dunkirk the previous day as engineer of the trawler Tankerton Towers which was towed back full of French and British soldiers when her propeller had been fouled. When they disembarked their load at Ramsgate, Ron went home for a meal and a wash, but what he had seen over there did not let him rest.

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