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75th Anniversary of the sinking of the Brighton Belle

Brighton Belle

The 28th of May 2015 is the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the Brighton Belle at Dunkirk.

The paddle steamer was part of P & A Campbell's White Funnel Fleet and regularly called at Cardiff's docks and Penarth during the 1920's and 1930's to take passengers to Weston Super Mare and Ilfracombe.

In 1939 Campbell's paddle steamers were all converted to be minesweepers and were nicknamed "The Welsh Navy". In May 1940 they were sent to Dunkirk as part of operation Dynamo to help evacuate British and French troops.

The Brighton Belle was returning to England with 800 soldiers onboard when she hit a submerged wreck and started to sink. Fortunately, another paddle steamer, the Medway Queen was able to rescue everyone on board including the captain's dog.