Records show that the Nayland (Peggotty's name in 1940) disembarked 28 troops at Ramsgate at dawn on 2nd June and more at 0740 and 1120, so she must have been ferrying these from off-lying ships to Ramsgate harbour. The following morning, she disembarked a further 55 troops directly from Dunkirk at Ramsgate and her total score for the duration of Operation Dynamo was 83. The Nayland was originally built by Perkins in Whitstable as a pilot boat. She continued to serve in the Royal Navy until 1945. After the war her name was changed to Peggotty.
15 MONTHS IN THE MAKING
2016 I 2017
Without a doubt the biggest task ahead when restoring Peggotty was to replace all 37ft of planking alongside doubling or replacing damaged ribs , of which their were quite a few. Traditional craftsmanship and knowledge was essential in restoring Peggotty to her seaworthy standard.
Once all structural work has been completed it is time for the decoration team to take over and give her that Dennett shine.
Keeping as many details as possible Peggotty has a bright spacious interior and makes for a delightful entertaining space.
Peggotty is a regular at most Dunkirk events and she is always a delight to see. We are incredibly proud of her restoration.
A beautiful sea going vessel which always seems bigger than her 37ft size, she is what we would refer to as a 'proper boat'
We wish the Levack's and the Moore's many years of happy sailing on Peggotty and look forward to seeing her on the Thames and further afield at Dunkirk Rallies.