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….. SOLD – August 2015 …..

A 1930 DUNKIRK LITTLE SHIP, designed by H C Smith and built by Harris Boat-Builders, Burnham on Crouch.

Offered for sale for the first time in eighteen years and owned by the Commodore of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.

Papillon lead the 75th Anniversary Return to Dunkirk flying the Commodore’s Flag.

A rare opportunity to join the world’s most exclusive ‘boat club’


Boat Details

Overall Length: 33ft 6ins
Waterline: 30ft
Beam: 8ft 6ins
Draught: 4ft
Displacement: 10 Tons TM
Engine: Twin 42hp Isuzu diesel engine (2010)
Berths: 4/5
Sail: Steading sail
Designer: H C Smith
Builder: Harris, Burnham on Crouch
Year Built: 1930
Location: Thames


Papillon is an extremely original fully authenticated Dunkirk Little Ship built in 1930 by Harris Boat-Builders in Burnham on Crouch as an auxiliary East Coast sloop, setting 387sq. ft. sail, with a ladies aft stateroom for F S Myth of Grays Inn, London a member of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.

Papillon was taken to Dunkirk on 1st June 1940 by a civilian crew and thereafter remained in service with the RN until 1946.

Pitch-pine on oak hull, teak superstructure and re-built wheelhouse (2011) Long keel, round bilges and transom stern.

Accommodation for four / five in two cabins.

42hp Isuzu diesel engines installed in 2010, about 650 hours per engine. Reliable and economical and fitted forward of the wheelhouse.

Full navigation and VHF fitted.


Classic Yacht Brokerage have known Papillon for over twenty years, during that time she has been well maintained in long ownership regularly attending ADLS events and Classic Regattas. She has been cruised widely including Ostend, Amsterdam and crossings to Dunkirk. We should have no hesitation in recommending this Little Ship which offers a rare opportunity to become a custodian of our maritime history.

Guide Price: SOLD
Lying: Thames
Viewing: Through the brokers – 01905-356482 / 07949-095075