was built in 1937 by the Rampart Boat Building works in Southampton. In
1939, just before delivery to her intended owner, she was requisitioned
by the Royal Navy and took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.
She continued to serve in the 'Mosquito
navy' for the duration.
is a registered 'National historic vessel' and is
in real need of help. Time has
not been kind to Rania. She was dismantled some years ago and now is in
urgent need of repair. She has been saved by the Dunkirk Little Ship
Restoration Trust but the funds are not there to help her.
wish to restore her to her original condition and return her
to Dunkirk in 2010 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuations.
You can help Rania . Please sign the guest book or, if you have anything
that you want to donate (however small), please let us know.
that Rania should be kept and restored as a lasting tribute to the bravery
of all those who took part in the Dunkirk evacuations.
She did her bit for us,
now it's our turn.
make the difference.
In May 1940,
British and Allied troops were retreating before the weight of the opposing
German army until they reached the north east corner of France at Dunkirk.
In the nine days between 26th May and 5th June 1940 the French port of
Dunkirk lent its name to the greatest seaborne rescue of all time.
Dynamo, the dramatic evacuation of 338,226 British and allied troops from
the beaches of Dunkirk, was little more than a miracle and could not have
been undertaken without the help of the 700 Dunkirk Little Ships. There
boats braved all to rescue the British, French & Belgian troops
During this operation over 70 of these little boats were lost.
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the restoration of Rania.
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