Firefly

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Firefly
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
26ft
Boat Beam: 
7ft 9ins
Boat Draft: 
2ft 10ins
Boat Displacement: 
5.71 tons
Boat Engine: 
1.5L Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Carvel
Boat Builder: 
Cole Wiggins Ltd
Boat Year: 
1923
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Just twenty-six feet overall and with a 2ft l0in draft and a minimum- sized single engine supplemented by a couple of sails, Firefly is one of the tiniest and one of the loveliest of the Little Ships. No wonder the Greens, her present owners, love her dearly.

They keep her in immaculate order at Walton-on-Naze on the East Coast and rarely go further than 15 miles, to Woodbridge, on the beautiful river Deben, "to get a few oysters and see the bird-life and seals."

In 1995, a Dunkirk Veteran approached Brian Green and described clambering aboard Firefly on 30th May 1940. Denis Kinnell was then a Corporal serving in the RASC and had been waiting on the beach, under fire, for two days. Firefly, manned by a crew of two approached the beach, but refused to go to close, so Denis and 3 or 4 colleagues swam out to Firefly pulling a seriously wounded casualty. It was their desperate struggle to board over the transom which is so vivid in Dennis' mind which enables him to recall with accuracy features of Firefly's interior. Firefly took them out to HMS Anthony, a destroyer offshore, where it was a relatively quiet morning as mist hampered enemy operations. Indeed, they were helped up the gangway as though it were peacetime, before travelling back to Dover. Dennis finished the war in Italy with the rank of Major.

Firefly's story is a happy one: she is in an idyllic place and in good hands, with a history to be proud of.

Source: 21

Updated: Nov 2011

Comments

Firefly

Firefly has recently moved to The Swale in Kent under the ownership of Mark and Penny Webb.
She is a credit to her previous owners Brian and Valerie Green and remains a source of great pride to all of us.

Previous owner of Firefly

My grandfather was the owner of the Firefly from the fifties to the early seventies in Walton on the Naze and I have spent many a night in my teenage years on board the boat and days rowing around the old marina. I have been down to Walton in the distant past to see if the boat was still around and would be interested in seeing it again and showing my kids.
Tony.ryce@gmail.com