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The King


This vessel desperately needs saving from scrap. She is 106 years old and the last Teak on Oak Thames passenger vessel in near original condition and is also a National Historic Ship.
She saved many lives from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 and deserves to be saved and restored.

I am currently trying my best to save this vessel myself but need all the help i can get.

See a photo of her under my fathers ownership in 1989 here :

Length: 81ft
Beam: 14ft 6ins
Draft: 5ft 5ins
Displacement: 40.80 tons
Engine: Originally Steam
Re-engined 1947- Thornycroft 75 Diesel
Re-engined: 1989 Ford 120hp Engine
Construction: Teak on oak
Builder: H. Tagg, East Molesey
Year Built: 1902

Harry Tagg(1902-1915)
Joseph Mears(1916-1946),
Thames Launches (1946-1977)
Marine Transit LTD (1977-1979)
Charles Wyatt (1980-1984)
Gary Beckwith(1985-1989)
Current Events LTD(1989 - 1994)
Morris Tolhurst (1994 - Current) (Laid Up and For sale!)

Seen laid up in drydock in sad state at the Beacon Boatyard on the Medway.

Seen here 7th August 2008.

Photo copyright Ben @
with many thanks to Morris Tolhurst for letting me have a good look around

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A magic picture,well done.

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Have they said how much they expect for her ?
Have you spoken to the NMM ? They have recently had a major donation.

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No for sale price has been mentioned. To totally restore the vessel and put her back to work ,somewhere in the region of £200,000. Money well spent i think you will agree with all the history this vessel has!

I have just sent an email to the NMM. Please if anyone can help save this vessel ,please comment! I need all the help and support i can get!

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