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Owned at the time by Peter Herbert of Bideford, the 1931 Dutch built coaster DESPATCH is seen passing Portishead on 6th January 1970.

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EX-ATLAS-37
Deleted from the register in 1993

Information on her history, the dates of her ownership by Peter Herbert and her subsequent career would be welcomed
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Keywords: DESPATCH
Location photo was taken: Portishead
Date photo was taken: 6.1.70
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Prestonian
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Location: Bedfordshire
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Mon, 6 January 20 06:19

A Dutch coaster Despatch, built 1931 is mentioned in the WSS publication "BEF ships - before, at and after Dunkirk" by John de S Winser. Participated in the evacuations at Dunkirk, Cherbourg and St Valery. Could this be her?
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jan stolp
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Mon, 6 January 20 07:50

https://www.marhisdata.nl/schip&id=697
I am so sorry it is in the Dutch language.
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Jan
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CRANFIELD
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Tue, 7 January 20 05:44

Many thanks Jan! So, DESPATCH was owned by the late Peter Herbert of Bude from October 1969 until February 1975. It's interesting to see the link to a Lancaster company, which I assume he had also owned, and that she subsequently made her way to Abadan in the Persian Gulf.

Date/Name Ship 1969-10-17 DESPATCH
Manager: Herb Shipping Ltd., Lancaster, Great Britain
Owner: Peter Millward Herbert, Bude, Great Britain
Homeport / Flag: Bideford / Great Britain
Additional info: Sold enforceably on 8 October 1969

Date/Name Ship 1975-02-05 DESPATCH
Manager: Y.P. Stepanian, Fareham, Great Britain
Owner: Abadan Services (UK) Ltd., Fareham, Great Britain
Homeport / Flag: Bideford / Great Britain
Callsign: GONE

Wartime service (translated into English using Google Translate):

Arrived at Poole from Ostend on 15-05-1940.
16-05-1940 registered with the Netherlands Shipping & Trading Committee in London and managed by Freight Express Ltd in London.

Later managed by Vectis Transport Co. Ltd. at Cowes and then at E. & W.J. Goldsmith Ltd. in London.

22-05-1940 under the English flag and a crew from the Royal Navy participation in operation "Dynamo" to evacuate allied troops from Dunkirk.

28-05-1940 arrived in Dover from Poole via Portsmouth and Newhaven.

30-05-1940 after 263 French soldiers and 2 French civilians were boarded near La Panne, suffered engine damaged. After repairing the engine for 6 hours and joining the Dutch coastman "Pascholl" 1931-227 BRT, the two ships at Nieuwpoort but came under fire during a German air raid. Arrived to Ramsgate later in the day.

31-05-1940 returned to Dunkirk and anchored there 3 miles East of Dunkirk and there troops of the Middlesex Regiment were evacuated during heavy enemy air attacks. 1-06-1940 arrived in Ramsgate with 139 members of the British expedition army and 26 British allies. After this, the "Despatch" went for repair.

10-06-1940 left Poole to participate in operation "Cycle" to evacuate soldiers from Le Havre. 18-06-1940 left Cherbourg with allied personnel to Poole during operation “Aerial”. 20-06-1940 arrived in St. Helier on Jersey and left the next day with civilians during the German invasion, to Weymouth. 14-09-1940 in time charter with the Ministry of Shipping and later in time charter with the Ministry of War Transport in London. 01-06-1945 back to the owner.
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