ONE of the ‘Little Ships’ which took part in the Normandy evacuation at Dunkirk during World War Two is in drydock.
Naiad Errant is having her engines serviced as part of repairs after she was involved in a collision on the River Thames.
He engines were installed by Halyard 32 years ago.
The firm has a manufacturing base in Portsmouth, and engineers are replacing a single ballbearing – the only part that needs replacing on the Halyard Aquadrive engine couplings installed in 1980.
Naiad Errant was built in 1939, and was sailed by a naval crew led by Able Seamen Palmer, who took the 63-mile route through the dangerously mined and enemy-patrolled water to the beaches of Dunkirk.
Despite being swamped, grounded on the beach and re-floated, then suffering engine failure, Naiad managed to get the rescued troops safely back to Ramsgate.