Modwena and Sandpiper


From 1928–1955, Greater London (Civil Service No. 3) was stationed at Southend-on-Sea and, in 1940, she became one of the Dunkirk Little Ships evacuating allied troops from France.

AUGUST 28TH. – SOUTHEND – ON – SEA, ESSEX. At 1.20 in the afternoon information was received that two yachts were in danger of being driven on to the sea wall at Canvey Island. A fresh south-south-west gale was blowing, with a rough sea. The motor life-boat Greater London (Civil Service No. 3) was launched at 1.45 and found the yachts Modwena and Sand piper within twenty feet of the sea wall with the seas breaking over them. After several attempts the life-boat passed a tow-rope to the Modwena and towed her clear. The Modwena then anchored. Going to the Sandpiper the life-boat took off her crew of two and put a man on board with a tow-rope. As the Modwena’s anchor was dragging and she was again driving towards the sea wall, the life-boat returned to her, took off the two people on board, a man and a woman, and put on board a life-boatman with a tow-rope.

With the two yachts in tow the life-boat made for Southend, which she reached at 4.45.

The owner of the Sandpiper expressed his appreciation of the help given and made a donation to the Institution. – Property salvage case.

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