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Skylark Exhibit Sets Sail to Tell ‘Little Ship’ Story

SKYLARK, one of only two surviving ‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ in Scotland, is the star of an exhibition in Dumbarton which opens tomorrow.

The boat took part in Operation Dynamo to rescue service personnel stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk during World War II.

The “Hope Floats” exhibition at the Scottish Maritime Museum’s Denny Tank was organized by the Skylark IX Salvage Projectwho takes care of the ship.

The new exhibit traces the ship’s history from its launch as a pleasure craft in 1934 to its wartime service and final sinking in 2010.

It culminates with her new role “inspiring and changing the lives of people recovering from addiction across West Dunbartonshire”.

Project manager Claire McDade said: “The project was shaped by hope and belief in the possibility of change and recovery.

“Skylark was part of Operation Dynamo and today our indomitable Dunkirk ‘little ship’ is once again a beacon of hope and inspiration for those on their own path to recovery and those who are in need in our communities.

“With many exciting new projects in 2022, including our new oral history project Skylark IX Voice and our Skylark IX Community Tapestry, we hope the exhibit will bring many more people to have fun and get involved.

Visitors will also be able to view ‘Hope Floats’ and the rest of the Scottish Maritime Museum for free during the Skylark IX Salvage Project’s ‘Skylark Stories’ summer event, taking place at the Denny Tank grounds on June 4.

The vessel is currently in the custody of the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine as the Skylark IX recovery project lays out plans for its future at the heart of the proposed Spirit of Skylark center.

Funding permitting, the £3million heritage attraction, community center and boat building workshop will be located on the Scottish Maritime Museum’s second site in Dumbarton and will help the project reach and support further of people in West Dunbartonshire.

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