CA talk: Stephen Howarth on The Shetland Bus, Thurs 9 Jan

Shetland Bus.

Operations were conducted from Lunna House, Shetland by Stephen’s father, Lieutenant Howarth, who ran the Shetland end of the operation. The crews of the “Shetland Bus” [Shetlandsgjengen] were men of the coast, fishermen and sailors with detailed local knowledge. Most came over after the occupation, some with their own vessels, others with vessels that were “stolen” with the owner’s approval. They were young men, most of them in their twenties, some even younger. Many of them did several tours in the spring and summer of 1940, evacuating British soldiers who had been stranded in Norway after the Norwegian Campaign and other British citizens living in Norway.

We are all invited to these excellent Kent Cruising Association winter warmer talks, which are held at 8pm at the Dog and Bear, Lenham, near Maidstone. It’s a good idea to book a meal (by 5pm please) on 01622 858219 for 7pm, before the talk. A special CA menu is available.

KBSC Party and BBQ, 27 April

The Kent Boat & Ski Club is holding their annual Open Season Party to celebrate the upcoming boating season on Saturday 27 April, and are inviting anyone from the Medway and Swale Boating Association to come along. Entry is free and it starts at 7pm followed by a BBQ served at 8pm and the Loose Change band will be playing during the evening. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible. Contact Erin Bailey