Dunkirk Little Ship built by Thornycroft
BOAT NAME: Elsa II
BOAT TYPE: Motor Cruiser
BOAT LENGTH: 32ft 6ins
BOAT BEAM: 8ft 6ins
BOAT DRAFT: 3ft 9ins
BOAT DISPLACEMENT:9.5 Tons TM
BOAT CONSTRUCTION: Carvel Pitch Pine on Oak
BOAT BUILDER: Thornycroft
BOAT YEAR: 1929
Elsa II was one of the first vessel to affiliate herself with the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships and holds one of the oldest Return plaques. She has always been in good hands until some time in the 90s when she was taken out of the water and left on land.
She remained like this until we acquired her in 2013, she arrived at the yard bare boards and no floors in other words a complete restoration.
IN THE MAKING
The story behind Elsa II restoration starts with Chris and Shelley Brightman who purchased her from us for a nominal sum soon after she arrived . They were blown away with prospect of what Elsa could be and were excited about the opportunity to take her across to Dunkirk for the 2015 crossing.
Clicking on the link below you can see the rebuild of Elsa II in picture, from her sad arrival to her stunning debut at Dunkirk 2015
In the words of the most important people..
The Owners -Chris & Shelley
In 2013 we decided to buy a Dunkirk Little Ship and we found one via an agent based in Henley. To our astonishment the agent found a boat, Elsa II, in Dennett’s Boat Yard which is literally at the end of our road. The boat was a total wreck and needed to be completely restored using as many timbers and fittings that could be saved. At this time we were unaware that Dennett’s specialised in the type of work so we consequently commissioned them to do the restoration. Steve gave us excellent advice on how the restoration should go in order to retain a lot of her original character whilst making the boat more user friendly. Heather did an amazing job on the interior design, helping us choose fabrics and details that made the inside look very stylish but not out of place. They promised they would try and finish her in time for the 2015 Dunkirk crossing.
Being just down the road we would often just turn up at the boat yard to watch the progress being made. We were always made to feel welcome and would often see pieces of our woodwork hanging up being coated in layer after layer of varnish.
Despite the yard being flooded in 2014 the boat was ready for Dunkirk, even though they were still working on her right up until the moment we departed! Elsa II looked amazing as she retained many of her original features, right down to the original portholes which were found in the yard. She drew many admiring glances in her travels and we never tired of answering the many questions we were asked about her. We can’t thank Dennett’s enough for the excellent work they did in carrying out this important historic restoration.
Sadly, we had to sell Elsa II for personal reasons however if we get the opportunity again, we will not hesitate in buying a similar boat and asking Dennett’s to carry out all the necessary work and ongoing maintenance.
Chris and Shelley