Fleury II now Mada

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Mada previously Fleury II
Boat Type: 
Motor Yacht
Boat Length: 
33ft 6ins
Boat Beam: 
9ft 1in
Boat Draft: 
3ft 5ins
Boat Displacement: 
12 tons
Boat Engine: 
2 x BMC Captain Diesels
Boat Construction: 
Carvel, mahogany on oak
Boat Builder: 
E.F. Elkins, Christchurch
Boat Year: 
1936
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When the Admiralty's Requisitioning Officer called at E.F. Elkins' boatyard at Christchurch in Hampshire, a wave of concern about his intentions swept over the owners of boats lying there. To some, their boat is their most precious possession, to others it is their living and no-one knew what he was looking for and the purpose for which the boats were wanted.

In fact, Christchurch was an ideal place for him to look because of its shallow waters, which meant that it contained ships of modest draft. The drawback was its distance from Dover and Ramsgate, where the Dunkirk evacuation fleet was assembled.

Reg Yebsley, who joined Elkins as a partner in 1930 and was there until the firm went out of business in 1976, recalls how they loaded some of their boats onto low-loaders, but then had to unload them again, when they heard that Dunkirk was over. He also remembers Fleury II, which was built in their yard. She had been designed by Eric French of Poole, from whose drawing board came most of the Elkins boats of 32ft - 36ft before the war. Her name was given to her by the Fleurets, her one-time owners. Later she was renamed Mada, by a later owner, Mr. Adam, who made up her name by reversing his own.

In 2010 Mada changed owners and the Dargavel family who are the new owners have brought Mada upstream to Marlow on the River Thames.

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Updated Jan 2011

Comments

Mada

Somewhere around 1948, I vividly remember staying with my mother and father aboard Mada.
She was moored on the Severn at Apperley, Nr Gloucester and was owned by my Uncle Percy Hough.
She was and obviously still is a wonderful little ship and I shall watch out for her during the Thames parade.

Brian Hough

b-hough@sky.com

Water colour painting

I have been to a charity shop and found a great water colour of this boat on the Thames. I can be contacted at ukuniversal@aol.com.