Dunkirk Experience Destinations

Ramsgate

Ramsgate is a seaside town in east Kent. One of the popular seaside towns of the nineteenth century, it began with the joining together of two settlements that included a fishing community on the coast and an inland farming community. It is from the Port of Ramsgate that the cross channel ferries travel between England and France.

During the First World War the harbour was a target of bombing by Zeppelin airships and German Navy torpedo boats and nearby open farmland became RAF Manston taking an active part in defending Britain. In the Second World War it took a key role in the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940 when 43,000 men passed through the port.

Find out more about its history at Ramsgate’s Maritime History Museum that you will find in the Clock House on the quayside, at the harbour. Its building is of architectural significance and its clock tower is the site where Ramsagte Meridian was calculated, five minutes and forty-one seconds ahead of Greenwich!

Look out for the white cliffs of Ramsgate, the only ‘Royal Harbour’ on mainland Britain and one of the largest marinas on the English south coast. Find the blue plaques as you walk around including one remembering the artist Vincent van Gogh’s time in Ramsgate. Walk along the coast with its sandy beaches to the seaside town of Broadstairs or Margate.

Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a city located in the department of Nord in northern France. It is very close to the Belgium border and has the third largest harbour in France. For many it is synonymous with World War II. During the war British, French and Belgian armies were forced to retreat from German Panzer attacks and retreated to the area around the port of Dunkirk. However, there was a break in the advancement of the German soldiers and this gave the allied forces an opportunity to launch an evacuation by sea across the English Channel, codenamed Operation Dynamo. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered any ship or boat available, large and small, to travel to Dunkik and collect the stranded soldiers. Churchill called it ‘the miracle of Dunkirk’ when 338,226 were saved by over 900 vessels leaving from the harbour or taken off the beaches. Military vehicles, equipment and supplies were left behind. Forty thousand soldiers did not return via the Channel; some of them never returned.

Dunkirk has an important history beyond World War II. It began as a fishing village in the tenth century and was first named in historical documents in May 1067. As a strategic point its land has often been fought over by powerful European leaders. In October 1917 in recognition of the courageous behaviour of its people during World War I the City of Dunkirk was awarded the Croix de Guerre, in 1919, the Legion of Honour and the British Distinguished Service Cross. These decorations make up the city’s coat of arms.

Find out more at the Dunkirk museums and places of historical interest or wander to the beach full of water activities or visit the city centre with its large number of shops and restaurants selling its local specialities.

Oostend

Oostend is a coastal city located on the North Sea coastline in the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It has grown from a small fishing village in the Early Middle Ages and is at the end of the Ghent-Brugge Canal. The harbour’s strategic position has given the city many advantages but also disadvantages as it has been fought over by many European leaders. It was occupied by German forces during World War I and again during World War II. Both wars meant that many of the pre-war and more opulent buildings were destroyed and in more peaceful times were replaced by structures in the modernist style of architecture.  

Today Oostend is well known for its Christmas market which is one of the largest in Europe and music festivals in the summer. It is enjoyed as a seaside town with a pier and sandy beaches. Near the beach you will find a well preserved section of the Atlantic Wall. The Atlantic Wall was built by Nazi Germany between 1942 and 1944 along the coast of continental Europe to defend it against an Allied invasion. Find out more at the Atlantic Wall Open Air Museum.

You can download the Oostend City Walks App and find a suggested ‘Ensor Walk’. James Ensor (1860 – 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker who lived in Oostend for most of his life. He was inspired to create by his family’s souvenir shop and Oostend’s seaside resort. Or you may decide to take a break in one of the many brasseries where patrons can sit outside and soak up the atmosphere with a drink.

Booking Your Adventure

Bookings can be made for the whole boat or on a couple / individual basis.

Couples can book the En-suite Fore Cabin or the Saloon on this site directly.

There are two separate single cabins available for individuals or crew. We ask that single guests call us as there are different booking formation options depending on the group size and other bookings.

She is ideal for families and small group holidays offering an unrivalled experience of classic maritime charm, history and grace.