July 1, 2020 Cornwall Today: The little ship that sailed again

Eighty years ago, in the darkest days of World War Two, Fleury II was one of the legendary little ships sailing to the rescue of thousands of troops trapped at Dunkirk. Now, after her own dark days, she has been restored by Cornish craftspeople.

Once she was part of one of the most famous fleets in British history: the little ships sailed by their owners into the Blazing Inferno surrounding the French port of Dunkirk, where hundreds of thousands of Allied troops were besieged by victorious German forces in June 1940.  By 2018, her glassed deck was leaking and beneath, the hull was rotting.


But next summer, after a remarkable restoration project carried out in Cornwall, Fleury II will sail to Dunkirk again in a commemoration delayed for a year by coronavirus.


Fleury II was delivered to the Mylor Creek Boatyard of Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding in autumn 2019 for much-needed structural repairs.


Built in Christchurch, Dorset in 1936 the motor yacht was designed by Eric French of Poole. She was named by her original owners the Fleurets.


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Cornwall Today – The Ship That Sailed.

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