Dunkirk Little Ships Assembling For Queen's Jubilee
1 March 2012 - The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS) is pleased to announce details of
its participation in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
In the week leading up to the Pageant, 40 Dunkirk Little Ships will make their way to Barn Elms
Reach on the Thames near Putney. From there they will assemble into the largest single class of
powered boats taking part in the Pageant before heading downstream immediately behind the
Royal Section. A further 5 Little Ships will be taking part in the Avenue of Sail.
Any day you care to go to Westminster Pier, a hundred yards downstream from the Houses of Parliament along the river Thames, you can take a ride up to Kew on the Princess Freda, one of the prettiest passenger vessels that went to Dunkirk. In passing, you'll get a fine view of members of both Houses on the terrace overlooking the river.
Princess Freda was built in 1926 by T.C. Letcher on the Isle of Wight for Whatfords who had operated river boats on the Thames since before the turn of the century - but theirs were smaller than the rival steamers.