Dunkirk Little Ship - ex RNLI “Prudential”


Association of Dunkirk Little Ships

National Historic Ships

Ramsgate Lifeboat

‘If you see a rugged craft called “Trimilia” in your travels, pause for a moment and drink in the fact that you are looking at one of the bulwarks of history.’


An extract from an article by the Prudential Insurance Company when her owner at the time, a certain Group Captain Sidney Swain was responsible for the life assurance affairs of the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund, underwritten of course by the Prudential.


Built in 1925, “Trimilia”, or “Prudential” as she was originally named, having been paid for by The Prudential Assurance Co., saw service with the R.N.L.I. at Ramsgate for 28 years, saving 330 lives and, manned by her own volunteer crew, had a major role to play in the British Expeditionary Force evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940.


She has since been in the hands of five different private owners,

undergone a few changes, but  continues to fly her Dunkirk Little Ships Flag and more recently her National Historic Fleet Vessel House Flag and Defaced Red Ensign, all with enormous pride.


Including those rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, during her 28 years in service, the “Prudential” saved a total 3130 souls