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.
This year we expect up to 50 Veterans to join approximately 18 Little Ships. In addition to the privilege of having the Veterans on board, the Association is pleased to Welcome our Honorary Admiral HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO and the Minister for Veterans, Kevan Jones MP as well as the local Mayors of Kingston on Thames, Elmbridge and Spelthorne. Of these Veterans we hope to have 15 to 20 actual Dunkirk Veterans and up to 10 Chelsea Pensioners.
Veterans will form up with Sea Cadets and Ratings from HMS Collingwood at Horse Fair Quay, Kingston on Thames by 0930 to be inspected prior to departure by HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.
Little Ships will embark Veterans at 0945 for a 1000 departure and will proceed in convoy upriver towards Molesey Lock which is just upstream of Hampton Court Bridge. Little Ships are expected to pass through Molesey Lock between 1045 and 1115. From Molesey Lock the convoy will split in to two groups and proceed upstream to Sunbury Lock. The expectation is for Little Ships to pass through Sunbury lock from 1135. Arrival at the final destination of Weybridge Mariners Boat Club is expected to be from 1245 onwards.
After lunch at Weybridge Mariners, Veterans will be transported back to Kingston in a convoy of classic military and other period vehicles.
ADLS Boats Involved
|Bluebird of Chelsea previously Blue Bird||1931|
|Breda previously Dab II||1931|
|Gentle Ladye previously Jong||1931|
|Janthea previously Reda||1938|
|Nyula previously Betty||1933|
|RIIS I previously White Heather||1920|
|Silver Queen previously Fermain V||1926|
|Thamesa previously Minnehaha||1936|