Motor Yacht Glala 1985

Glala in 1985


Glala is a classic motor yacht built by A.R Luke before the First World War. She has had an eventful history that includes service with the Royal Navy and the National Fire Service in the 1940s.



The opportunity to own a beautiful and unique Edwardian motor yacht, a vessel in the National Historic Fleet and one of the largest of the Dunkirk little ships, was too good to pass up.

She is a restoration project. The major repairs have been done: the hull is sound, she has new solid-teak decks, most of the superstructure is restored, the engines have been rebuilt - but have been sitting in a wet engine room. There is a lot more to do, the exterior needs finishing and she needs to be fitted out.

We are very excited to be her new custodians and hope to get her back in the water as soon as possible - with a view to taking her on the next Dunkirk return trip in 2020.

A professional survey was done in 2011 while work was in progress, it is available here:


... and some drawings of the new proposed layout. There is work to do before she looks like this:


This new layout makes better use of the interior space by eliminating the various corridors of the original. At the same time it is not overly modern and can be built to be in keeping with her character. The PLANS section of this website describes these renovation issues.

Glala is still out of the water but the restoration is more than half-way there. If you are interested in her you can keep up with the website or if you would like to visit her you can contact us here;



Glala is 78 feet long, 51 tons (GRT) and traditionally built out of teak and oak. She is powered by two Gardner 6LXB engines.

On special occasions Glala wears the flags of the National Historic Fleet and the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.

This website documents her history and the work we are doing to restore her.


Motor Yacht Glala 2008

Glala in 2008


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National Historic Ships



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