UNION flags were waving for the arrival cruise ship Boudicca in Poole Harbour with hundreds of D-Day veterans on board.
The arrival of the MV Boudicca on the morning of the 4th of June was doubly exciting as it was the largest ship ever to have docked at Poole Harbour – assisted by Jenkins Marine’s Motor Tug Handfast.
Around 300 Second World War heroes, the youngest of whom is 92, took part in an eight-day ‘voyage of remembrance’ to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.
The veterans started their journey in Dover on the 2nd of June and were welcomed by the Dover Sea Cadet Band and a guard of honour. The next stop was Poole, where hundreds of people lined the quay to welcome the ship to the port and greet the veterans.
Motor Tug Handfast is a twin-screw motor tug, certificated under the MCA Workboat Code of Practice for operation up to 60 nautical miles from a safe haven for general operations. Built by Mayer Werft Shipyard, she is a unique design being the heaviest build Damen Stan style Tug ever constructed. Strong and reliable she is available for towage and support services throughout northern Europe.