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The Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust

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The Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust logo
The aims of the Trust are:-

First, To acquire Dunkirk Little Ships in danger of destruction and remove them to a place of safety.

Second, To encourage the boatbuilding and conservation skills necessary to restore the Little Ships to a high standard with a view to ensuring their continued useful life.

Restoration and preservation is what the ownership of the Little Ships is all about. Every owner has a story to tell of how he or she found a vessel, researched her history, overcame seemingly insuperable difficulties and made great personal sacrifices to save a ship which was well past her natural life span, because her historic achievements deserved it. But the story doesn't end there. Owners grow old, or run out of cash. Little ships, though saved and restored, can quickly deteriorate again unless the work continues year after year. Otherwise they find themselves on the danger list again. Some of those who were shown in The Little Ships of Dunkirk, restored and in fine shape are nearly derelict now. Unless a new owner can be found with the time and means to shoulder the burden they can be lost.

The Trust owns the Steam Tug Challenge. This is not only a Dunkirk ship but an important vessel in her own right as she is the last steam tug to work on the river Thames.

Charity No: 1021088

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