With your help, Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding could win a coveted Classic Boat Award for its restoration of Dunkirk Little Ship, Fleury II.

The Classic Boat Awards celebrate the passion and dedication of skilled boatbuilders, boat owners, naval architects and others involved in the marine industry. Fleury II has been nominated in the Restored Power Vessel category, the winner of which will be decided via a public vote.

To cast your vote in the Classic Boat Awards, visit https://awards.classicboat.co.uk/ between now and 9am on Monday March 8, click on the Vote button, fill in your details, scroll down to Restored Power Vessel (all sizes) and select Fleury II.

The Dunkirk Little Ships sailed from Ramsgate in Kent to Northern France in 1940. They helped to rescue more than 336,000 British, French and other Allied soldiers who were trapped on Dunkirk’s beaches.

Built in Christchurch, Dorset in 1936, Fleury II was designed by Eric French of Poole. She was named by her original owners, the Fleurets.

She was delivered to Cockwells’ Mylor Creek Boatyard in the autumn of 2018 for much needed structural repairs and a comprehensive refit.

“We are delighted that our restoration of Fleury II has been shortlisted in this prestigious industry awards scheme and hope that the public will vote for this courageous and beautifully crafted Dunkirk Little Ship,” said founder and MD, Dave Cockwell.

“The traditional feel of the boat has been enhanced with modern engines and electrical systems, a new galley and period light fittings powered by low energy LED. These practical changes have been introduced sensitively and are hidden, where possible, to complement Fleury II’s heritage and ensure her survival for decades to come.”