R.N.L.B. LUCY LAVERS / LUCY ON 167345
Builder: Groves & Gutteridge, IoW. 1940
Length: 35ft 6ins Beam: 10ft 3ins Draft: 2ft 3.5ins
Displacement: 6 tons
Engine: 5hp Weyburn petrol
1939 Built as R.N.L.B. LUCY LAVERS registered in London 234/1939, and
stationed at Aldeburgh. Took part in the Dunkirk evacuation.
1968 8 November. Vessel acquired by Company of Town Pilots, Jersey and
will be renamed L’ESPERANCE.
1969 16 January. Bill of sale from R.N.L.I. To the Pilots.
1986 Bought by Dive & Ski Club of St. Helier ( Mike Gibson) and and
renamed LUCY (LAVERS), spending much time at Sark. The
vessels name and port of registry were never painted on the stern.
1997 Retired and stripped. Hull transferred to the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust, who arranged transport to Simon Evans boat yard
at Sens in France.
1998 10 July. Awaiting shipment to France.
2008 14 May. Vessel is going to the East Coast to be restored by Graeme Peart.
2010 1 July. Vessel spotted at Stiffkey Norfolk Boat Yard
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L’ESPERANCE ex lifeboat LUCY LAVERS the engine canopy from which was later to be used in the restoration of Jersey’s HOWARD D. Pictured on July 2 1974
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Vessel seen in use as Jersey Pilot cutter L’ESPERANCE, pictured June 4 1981.
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LUCY arriving St. Peter Port June 29 1991.
Below are four pictures of the vessel at her mooring outside
Creux Harbour, Sark taken on July 22 1996
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Seen at Sark
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Stripped down and awaiting shipment, at La Collette boat park, January 13 1998, her engine canopy having been removed for later use in the restoration of HOWARD D.
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On a road trailer, awaiting transport to France July 10 1998.
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Another view of LUCY awaiting transport.