Named after the eighteen-year-old wife of a sailing skipper, who was drowned off the Isles of Scilly in an eighteenth century shipwreck and is said to be buried in the churchyard at St. Mary's, Tamzine is the smallest surviving open fishing boat to take part in Operation Dynamo. She is less than 15ft. long, clinker built, light yet strongly made and was designed for year-round fishing off the shore at Birchington in Kent. Her removable centre thwart - the oarsman's seat, - allowed five people to stand upright in her at anyone time and safely haul in the trawl net.
Tamzine is no longer at the mercy of the elements and will continue to be an evocative reminder of how much was done with such simple tools in 1940, for she was given to the Imperial War Museum where she remains an important and beautifully preserved exhibit in a fascinating and painstakingly maintained museum.
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