Aquabelle

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Aquabelle
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
45ft
Boat Beam: 
12ft
Boat Draft: 
4ft 6ins
Boat Displacement: 
12 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x Ailsa Craig
Boat Construction: 
Mahogany on teak
Boat Builder: 
Wm Osborne, Littlehampton
Boat Year: 
1939
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Benjamin Taylor of Hampton Wick and his daughter Joyce delivered Aquabelle to the Royal Navy to go to Dunkirk. Her twin Ailsa Craig diesels with a 100 gal. fuel tank gave her the endurance to tow 5 others back. She was dirty, her hatch covers were broken and the soldiers had left their khaki socks and mugs aboard. Fitted with a gun she went on to defend lighthouses from air attack.

After two post war owners she went to France where she was owned by Patrice Lolostuzzo, a canal boat skipper at Aigues Mortes. Our picture comes from the Dimbylow family album.

In late 2010 we are advised that Aquabelle has a new owner who plans to renovate her to her previous glory.

Aquabelle is under restoration by a group of enthusiastic Frenchmen on the Mediterranean coast near Montpellier. The restoration has been greatly assisted by making contact with the Grandson of the first owner who has supplied images and memorabilia to assist the group in returning Aquabelle to her 1939 condition. She is afloat awaiting final cleaning and painting of her hull and is expected to be complete by the end of 2013. The group have an aspiration to join the other Little Ships for the 2015 Commemorative Channel crossing.

Source: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 & 19

Updated Sept 2013