Annual Veterans Cruise
The 2017 Veterans Cruise will take place over two days with up to 20 Little Ships based at Thames Motor Yacht Club, Hampton Court. Veterans from the Korean War, the Falklands, war widows and others will join the Little Ships on Saturday. On Sunday the Little Ships will carry Veterans from WWII including Dunkirk Veterans, Normandy Veterans, Arctic convoy Veterans, Costal Forces Veterans and – for the first time ever – ladies who served in the WRENS during WWII.
Several Little Ships that appeared in the Christopher Nolan film ‘Dunkirk’ will be joining the Veterans Cruise including Nyula, Elvin, RIIS 1, Endeavour and Hilfranor.
Saturday 2nd September
Little Ships will depart from Thames Motor Yacht Club at 1245. They will progress downstream passing through Teddington Lock about 1345 where it is planned to hold a short service at the Operation Dynamo memorial on the lock island. Little Ships will turn at Richmond and proceed back through Teddington Lock arriving back at TMYC around 1630.
Sunday 3rd September
Little Ships will embark Veterans at Thames Motor Yacht Club near Hampton Court and vessels will depart from there at 10.00am. Vessels will head downstream, around Ravens Ait and pass through Molesey Lock between 10.45 and 11.15. Continuing upstream the flotilla of Little Ships will pass through Sunbury Lock between 11.30 and 12.00 arriving at Weybridge Mariners Club, Shepperton Lock Island from 12.30. We expect 20+ Little Ships to join this event
Photos from the 2014 event Below