Photos from St Katherine's Dock Trip

A few shots from the weekend of Endeavour's trip down to St Katherine's Dock where she was due to rendezvous with other Association of Dunkirk Little Ships craft. We were thrilled to have been joined by so many members for the journey and they all reported enjoying it very much indeed.

Join Us On The Thames

We are pleased to announce that Endeavour is all ready to go off on her travels again.

This time, it's a trip from Leigh up to St Katherine's Dock which is located just alongside Tower Bridge. We will be motoring up and meeting around 10 other boats from the Association of Dunkirk Little ships at the dock.

Endeavour plans to leave Leigh on Friday Sept 4th and stay for the weekend, returning on Monday Sept 7th. It's a nice trip up, seeing the all sites from the river – especially good if it's nice weather of course!

As usual, members are invited and most welcome to join in the trip either to London or back. Of course, it doesn't cost much to become a member, so don’t let that hold you back!!

If you would be interested in joining the trip in either direction, or find out more information, then please drop an email back to, and we can let you know more details (what to wear, refreshments for the trip etc etc).

Numbers are limited so get your request/enquiry in quickly!

Facebook Donations Go Live

From time to time the Trust receives correspondence from individuals who might not be a member of the Trust, but would like to make a donation to help out. To help out, we added a PayPal Donate button to our website a little while ago, but now we're  delighted to announce that the Trust has been approved to recieve donations from users on Facebook.

This means that you will now see a blue 'Donate' button on our Facebook page via which you can make a donation of whatever amount you please to the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust. 100% of your donation comes to us; Facebook does not charge us fees.

Both means of donating to us are pretty self-explanatory, and full instructions are given on the screen.

We have added information about Facebook Pay, the mechanism for making a payment, to our website ( to answer questions and reassure users that their information will be handled securely and in compliance with all relevant data protection legislation.

Furthermore, if you would like to support our fundraising from your own Facebook page, for example, by asking if people would make a donation to us on your birthday, for example, or simply because you value the work of the Trust and wish to see it continue, you can now do so simply by including the following link on your page:

If you are in a position where you are able to make a donation, no matter how big or small small, you can be assured it really does make an enormous difference, particularly in the current trying circumstances where normal fundraising has been extremely difficult.

To all our members and supporters, we would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Without you, our work couldn't go ahead.

Welcome to the Summer 2020 Newsletter

This edition contains news on Endeavour's return to Leigh, memoriam notices to two of our key supporters and news about veteran status. We also have a couple of requests to make of our supporters.

As it has for many people, lockdown has been a very difficult period and will have serious implications for the Trust's ability to operate. If people are in a position to provide assistance, whether financial (see the Donate button in the left hand menu or going to the Donate menu link on mobile) or by volunteering their time, effort and expertise, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please drop us a line if you have any comments, or visit us on our Facebook page at

Home at Last!

Endeavour on Leigh Beach
Endeavour arrived back in Leigh in the early hours of June 9th having been sailed from St Osyth. Tide times meant skipper Paul Gilson and Alan Barrtram, his crew, had extra hours at sea waiting for Leigh Creek to become navigable. They were finally able to tie up at Bell Wharf at around 2am.

Little Ships Deserve Veteran Status

The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships has asked Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Johnny Mercer to give the boats veteran status.

Ian Gilbert, the vice admiral of the ADLS has written to the Minister, “That it be considered that the Little Ships be recognised for their unique role in our heritage” by being designated as “veterans” under the Armed Forces Covenant.

Michael Guy RIP - Leigh Times Editor Backed Restoration of Endeavour

Michael Guy, RIP
When Mike King and Peter Wexham and John Porter discussed finding and restoring one of the Leigh Dunkirk boats they were considering Resolute which had been traced to Rochester, Kent. The group asked Michael Guy, editor of the Leigh Times to join them.

Come And Join Us!

Your historic boat needs you! We know there are younger and fitter members of the Trust out there.

We would rather they - you - took a more active part in running the boat and managing her future.

John Milgate RIP - A True Craftsman

When Endeavour was rescued from Rochester in 2001 it was clear that expert help was needed to restore her. My first thought turned to John Milgate who spent 14 months re-decking my 86 year old boat, Hypatia.

May We Have Your Email Address?

Give us your e-mail addresses and help save us money!

In a bid to cut expenses and cut our print bill, Membership Secretary, Chris Burls would like to ask technology-savvy to let us know your e-mail addresses.