Gift Of The Gabb
In 1940, The Anne was part of the flotilla of boats of all shapes and sizes that rescued British troops who were stranded in Dunkirk, France. The 30ft wooden boat, which belonged to the grandfather of a Mrs Annie Gabb from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, was believed to have sunk all those years ago during the mass evacuation. But The Anne is clearly made of stern stuff for not only did she survive the War but she is back with the Gabb family after being tracked down on eBay in 2015. “A cousin’s husband Googled it. He said, ‘You won’t believe it. She’s on eBay,'” Mrs Gabb said. “I clicked in and found this little ship had been in the Queen’s Jubilee. None of us knew.” Mrs Gabb got in touch with the owner “I was warned she was in a bad state,” she said. “I thought, ‘If I don’t rescue her, who will?'” So Mrs Gabb purchased the boat and spent the next eighteen months restoring her. “We found a very good shipwright. She’s looking beautiful again,” she said. And it seems The Anne isn’t just special in the eyes of the Gabb family, as Jason Carley of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships explains “I believe she’s the only little ship owned by a descendant of somebody who sent her to Dunkirk.” A little ship with a big heart.