HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
BREDA, ex: DAB 11 was built in 1931 for George Smart of Westcliffe-on-Sea by J W Brooke & Co Ltd. to their express cruiser design, as per sistership ST. JOAN (on brokerage with CYB at £155,000 and lying on the same pontoon) built in 1929.
In 1938 Lt. Col. Claud Hardie DSO became the second registered owner. In 1940 the Royal Navy requisitioned DAB 11 from Heybridge Basin, Essex to take part in Operation Dynamo. Lieut. R W Thompson RNVR crossed the Channel no less than three times in six days bringing back a compliment of Dutch soldiers from Breda in Holland. Later Colonel Hardie changed the boats name to honour the rescued Dutch soldiers.
Some years after Dunkirk Lloyd Shakespeare of Romford, Essex became BREDA’s new owner followed in 1949 by Captain A Cole of Mount Tors, Salcombe. In the mid 1950s Jack Alderton of Woodbridge bought the vessel followed by Harold & David Beer of Portmadoc in 1958. During the 1970s Peter & Lesley Farrant of Chertsey owned BREDA spending time on moorings at Richmond and Gosport. They lived aboard for some years travelling through France, Belgium and Holland.
In the 1980s a boat-builder, Mr Bowley from Twickenham restored the boat and a new deck was fitted. BREDA 11 has spent much of the recent past on the River Thames, returning to Dunkirk in 1990 for the 50th Anniversary. She was invited to take part in the historic ships pageant on the River Thames to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
BREDA 11 now requires some major work including hull planking and superstructure. A new owner is sought to take this sturdy Little Ship through the next chapter and be ready for the next return to Dunkirk in 2020.
Carvel pitch-pine hull on steam bent oak timbers all copper fastened. Teak laid deck over marine ply. Original deck-hardware and fittings.
Pair 135hp FORD SABRE DIESEL ENGINES (require servicing & fuel tanks cleaning)
Traditional six berth interior with three cabins.
An opportunity to acquire one of the larger Little Ships, fully authenticated and with documented history. Now requiring a new dedicated and enthusiastic owner to restore BREDA back to her former glory. A worthwhile investment with increasing motor-yacht values and current high profile following the blockbuster movie Dunkirk.
LYING: River Thames
VIEWING: Via the brokers – CLASSIC YACHT BROKERAGE”