Motor Fishing Vessel (MFV) 617- Our Lady Lou/Starbuck

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Reference WMO/296547


Ramsgate Harbour

Military Road


CT11 9LQ


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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Vehicle
  • Glass Glass
  • Timber Timber (any)
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Other
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Ship berthed on one of the harbour pontoons with an interpretation board on the quayside (see comment about location)
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Interpretation board- A RAMSGATE HISTORIC VESSEL/60 ft overall length 15ft beam 28 tons gross weight/Larch planking on oak frame/Built for the Admiralty in 1943 by Carrie of Scotland/as Admiralty Type Motor Fishing Vessel 617//MFV 617's intended wartime use was as an/armed supply and escort ship, with anticipated/later conversion to a fishing trawler.// During WWII, MFV617 served in flotillas escorting convoys/to Egypt, armed with twin .303 machine guns.//In 1945 she was decommissioned from the Navy and/joined the Brixham, Devon, fishing fleet under the name/Our Lady Lou. In 1971 Our Lady Lou's fishing service ended/and she was abandoned.// Boatbuilder Mark Archer of Thames Ditton, Surrey/purchased Our Lady Lou in 1973 and renamed her Starbuck./He then lived on board throughout a 30 year restoration. Extensive work was carried out, including/the replacement of 600ft of planking.// From 2003 to 2015 Starbuck was sailed extensively around/European Waters, the Caribbean and the Bering Sea.//Starbuck was bought by John Ouzman in 2016 and berthed/in Ramsgate as a living, sailing piece of maritime history.//Fewer than 50 of this type of vessel survive, and/John says his intention now is to look after her/for future generations to enjoy.


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