31 Jan '13, 4pm

Scottish divers help raise Dunkirk little ship | Royal Navy

Scottish divers help raise Dunkirk little ship | Royal Navy

The boat behind them may look battered and forlorn but the men of the Northern Diving Group have every right to feel proud – for they helped raised Skylark IX, believed to be the only Dunkirk 'little ship' in Scotland. The divers from Faslane volunteered to help enthusiasts raise the 50ft pleasure cruiser which had settled on the bed of the River Leven at the southern end of Loch Lomond, where she’d spent her later life carrying tourists. Back in 1940, the small cruiser had been pressed into service by the Royal Navy and used to bolster the defences of Poole Harbour. But when the urgent call for shipping went out in May 1940 as the Germans overran France, Skylark IX was sent across the Channel to help bring the British Expeditionary Force home. She’s credited with bringing 600 men back to the UK during the Dunkirk evacuation. Seven decades on and, with her days as a cruise...

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