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Heroic wartime Dunkirk ‘Little Ships’ return to St Katharine’s-by-the-Tower

PUBLISHED: 12:45 15 September 2016

Massey Shore a hit with public at St Katharine's boat fetsival

Massey Shore a hit with public at St Katharine's boat fetsival

St Katharine's Docks

A flotilla of “Little Ships” that took part in the 1940 wartime evacuations at Dunkirk were a big hit at the annual classic Boat Festival at St Katharine Docks by The Tower of London.

Massey Shore in service for London Fire BrigadeMassey Shore in service for London Fire Brigade

They included the famous Massey Shaw, the former London Fire Brigade fire-fighting vessel that joined the wartime flotilla bringing British and French troops back to Britain during the Fall of France.

The Massey Shaw, ironically, later tackled the huge blaze at St Katharine’s Docks a year later during the London Blitz.

Dark days of The Blitz when St Katharine's Docks were on fireDark days of The Blitz when St Katharine's Docks were on fire

It was the star attraction at the weekend when 8,000 visitors streamed into the docks marina for the two-day festival.

Quayside festival entertainment included a lifeboat crew choir singing sea shanties, the Pandemonium Drummers from the 2012 Olympics and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.


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