HMS Brighton Belle - NF 17

France,Europe

The British paddle steamer Brighton Belle was one of the many ships that took part in the Allied evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940, called Operation Dynamo. Royal Navy organized a great deal of civilian ships in the operation, and Brighton Belle which already did service as a minesweeper, arrived Dunkirk for the second time 28.May 1940. She picked up 800 allied soldiers, but collided on her way out from Dunkirk with a wreck that had been sunk only a few hours before. According to reports form local divers, she sank on a depth of 13 meter right outside the city of Dunquerque at North Sand Head.


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Dimensions:
HMS Brighton Belle
Lady Evelyn, NF-17 200,0 x 24,8 x 8,2 f
     
Tons: Built: Home Port:
396 grt Kinghorn ( UK ) 1900 Bristol ( UK )


Picture: Brighton Belle
Courtesy of Tim Sargeant

Notes:
Rebuilt 1904, hull lengthened by 30 feet
Renamed Brighton Belle in 1923, NF-17 in
1940 under Operation Dynamo