St Malo 1940 rescue vessel to return to its Island home?

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A YACHT used in the St Malo evacuations of 1940 could be brought back to the Island in the coming months after spending about 50 years in the United States.

Built in Falmouth in 1924, Klang II was bought by former Bel Royal garage owner Philip Le Marquand, who used the boat to evacuate soldiers from the Brittany town shortly after the start of the Second World War.

In 1966 the vessel was bought by an Australian journalist, who sailed her across the Atlantic to cover the 1967 Americas Cup. Klang II then changed hands once again and was sailed to a port in Connecticut.

During that time, she sank to the bottom of a river bed after part of her hull failed. However, after a sympathetic yachtsman visited the sunken Klang II, he recovered the boat and took it to New York, forming the Klang II Association – dedicated to restoring the vessel to provide trips for disadvantaged children.

Following an extensive overhaul, the boat was moored up on a pier less than half a mile from the New York World Trade Centre.

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