Operation Dynamo Dab II was taken to Dunkirk by Lieut. R. W. Thomson RNVR (Roy William), who crossed the Channel no less than three times in six days. On his last return journey he brought back a load of Dutch soldiers, from the City of Breda, who had fought a gallant rearguard action westward of Dunkirk. Returned to Ramsgate harbour, Breda next to Omega ADLS of Twickenham Yacht Club.
Brookes replace the original Brooke 40/100 engines with two Gray Six-91 engines, supplied ‘free issue’ presumably from the War Department.
Dab II was returned to Claud Hardie who then decided that her name was unsuitable for a ship of her size and distinguished war record. He thought it might be unlucky to change a ship’s name altogether so he called her ‘Breda’, which ingeniously retained all the letters in her original name and commemorated the Dutch soldiers which she had rescued.
Sold to Capt. A.J. Colt, Salcombe.
1950 ~ 1959
Sold to Jack Alderton and moored on the River Deben at Waldringfield, Suffolk.
Sold to Mr & Mrs M.V. Beer – Portmadoc, North Wales. (and Mr Beer’s brother)
1960 ~ 1969
Engines replaced with two Parkside diesels.
The Prisoner Under Mr & Mrs Beer’s ownership, with her hull painted blue and an extra saloon!, Breda appeared in two episodes of Patrick McGoohan’s ‘The Prisoner’ as ‘MS Polotska’ in ‘Checkmate’ and in ‘Many Happy Returns’ as the Gunrunners’ ship. The exterior sequences were filmed at Abersoch (on the Coast of North Wales) with all the interior and close-up shots filmed at a replica at MGM Studios, Borehamwood.
1970 ~ 1980
Sold to P.R. Munton, Aldershot.
Sold to Peter & Lesley Farrant, Teddington.
Breda appears in ‘Jukes of Piccadilly’ a TV comedy-thriller focusing on ‘Brinsley Jukes’ (Nigel Hawthorne), owner of an exclusive tea emporium, who indulges in his hobby of private investigation.
1990 ~ 1999
Mr. Francis Figgins returns to France for the 50th anniversary of the evacuations aboard Breda in which he served from 1941.
Starring role in the Channel 4 movie ‘Close My Eyes’ alongside Clive Owen & Alan Rickman
2000 ~ 2010
Sold to Simon & Penny Brown, Twickenham.
Breda is accepted on to the National Register of Historic Vessels.
Simon & Penny Brown acquired ‘Flame’, the tender that was built for Breda’s sister ship ‘St. Joan’.