As we approach the anniversary of Dunkirk I am reminded of my husbands determination to keep the little ships afloat.
Some of the small boats returned more than once to take off those stranded on the beach. The courage of the people involved was extraordinary and is celebrated every year by a return.
My husband David had bought one of the little ships and made it sea worthy again after it had fallen into disrepair.
We have a painting of it in the house.
There is a society formed to rescue any little ship that has fallen on hard times. David was its commodore and his ship Wanda made the return every year. They bought old, sometimes rotting boats to rescue them and return them to their old strength and beauty.
As commodore David led the small flotilla across the channel every year, crossing the route of many much bigger ships. Keeping them all safe was his main concern.
There is a wonderful photograph of him with the Duke of Edinburgh preparing for the crossing.
Prayers were said, rose petals strewn , thanks given for all those brave people who undertook this extraordinary rescue.
The little ships will set sail again this year I'm told...my prayers go with them...
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