Safely returned from her cruise across the North Sea with the Little Ships flotilla to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk retreat, lifeboat Lucy Lavers is now berthed in Wells. Her first ever ‘shout’ was in the summer of 1940 to go to Dunkirk and back rescuing Allied soldiers. Later she served her time in both Aldeburgh and Wells.
Lovingly restored by Stiffkey based Rescue Wooden Boats over the past two years, there will be the opportunity to sail in her this summer – see the website www.rescuewoodenboats.com.
I was lucky enough to join the first of these trips on a beautiful sunny evening.
Coming back into Wells – the iconic beach huts dead ahead and the modern lifeboat station centre left:
Such a privelege.
Back at Blakeney in the early twilight of the setting sun, Bluejacket was treating her crew to an equally memorable row. Hoi Larntan is off on her travels again – to chase round Canvey Island this time.