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Breda’s History

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December 1930

December 1930

‘The Motor Boating World and Auxiliary Yatching’ magazine article announcing a new J.W.Brooke & Co. Ltd. 52FT Fast Motor Cruiser.  

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1931

1931

‘Dab II’ was built for Mr.G.J. Smart, Westcliff on Sea, by J.W.Brooke & Co. Ltd., Lowestoft in the old North yard. Yard number:- BYC 430…

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1931

1931

Mr. Smart took delivery of Dab II Tender To, a Brooke Empire Runaround, Yard number:- BYC 357.  

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1937

Sold to, the trumpet player, Mr. Lloyd Shakespeare, Leytonstone.      

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1938

1938

Sold to Claud Hardie DSO, St Mawes. Mr. Hardie was at the Battle of Passchendaele  

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May 1940

May 1940

Operation Dynamo Dab II was taken to Dunkirk by Lieut. R. W. Thomson RNVR (Roy William), who crossed the Channel no less than three times…

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1943

1943

Brookes replace the original Brooke 40/100 engines with two Gray Six-91 engines, supplied ‘free issue’ presumably from the War Department.

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1945

Dab II was returned to Claud Hardie who then decided that her name was unsuitable for a ship of her size and distinguished war record….

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1949

Sold to Capt. A.J. Colt, Salcombe.

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1954

1954

Sold to Jack Alderton and moored on the River Deben at Waldringfield, Suffolk.

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1958

Sold to Mr & Mrs M.V. Beer – Portmadoc, North Wales. (and Mr Beer’s brother)

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1963

Engines replaced with two Parkside diesels.

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1967

1967

The Prisoner Under Mr & Mrs Beer’s ownership, with her hull painted blue and an extra saloon!, Breda appeared in two episodes of Patrick McGoohan’s…

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1970

Sold to P.R. Munton, Aldershot.

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1974

Sold to Peter & Lesley Farrant, Teddington.

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1980

Breda appears in ‘Jukes of Piccadilly’ a TV comedy-thriller focusing on ‘Brinsley Jukes’ (Nigel Hawthorne), owner of an exclusive tea emporium, who indulges in his…

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1990

1990

Mr. Francis Figgins returns to France for the 50th anniversary of the evacuations aboard Breda in which he served from 1941.

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1991

1991

Starring role in the Channel 4 movie ‘Close My Eyes’ alongside Clive Owen & Alan Rickman.

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2003

Sold to Simon & Penny Brown, Twickenham.

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2006

Breda is accepted on to the National Register of Historic Vessels.

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2006

Simon & Penny Brown acquired ‘Flame’, the tender that was built for Breda’s sister ship ‘St. Joan’.

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2012

2012

Queen’s Diamond jubilee Pageant

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