Much of Glala's history has come from correspondence and conversation with previous owners, and with their children and grandchildren. Her history can also be traced through various documents:


Article, "The Sopwith Bat Boats", A.E. Tagg. (Picture: Westland Aerospace Ltd C5608.) Cross & Cockade, Vol 21 No 4 1990. The First World War Aviation Historical Society.

British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era 1860-1919 by David Hepper, Chatham Publishing 2006

British Warships 1914-1919 by F J Dittmar & J J Colledge, Ian Allan, 1972

Letter from Harald Lorentzen, 1989, concerning the sister vessel Mayfair.

Letter from Robert Fegth, 1989, concerning the sister vessel Mayfair, with photographs and cuttings.


Drawing of Grey Mist, Camper & Nicholson, c 1930. [The original was held at the National Maritime Museum, but is now lost].

Time to Fly: memoirs by Sir Alan Cobham.

Letter from Sir Michael Cobham, 1989, following a visit to Glala.

Article, "Lady Cobham", Flight Magazine, 2nd November 1961.

National Archives: Bill of sale of shares in the motor ship "Glala", from Thomas Needham to AEC Ltd (1 envelope) 80/83/30/76-AEC-9, 1938.

Letter, Harry A. Pick, The AEC Society, 1989, with a copy of sales brochure "AEC Marine Oil Engines", c 1939.

Article, "The Motor Yacht Glala, now fitted for demonstrations and training", AEC Gazette, Vol XIV No 7, August 1939, pp 423-426.

Article, "People", AEC Gazette, January 1939, pp 664-665.


Small Craft Service List, Ministry of War Transport, 1944.

Letter, Naval Staff Duties (Historical Section), 1987, concerning Glala's service 1939 to 1946.

Dunkirk Withdrawal, Operation Dynamo - May 26 to June 4, 1940. Compiled by Lieutenant-Colonel G.P. Orde, RM.

Evacuation from Dunkirk, W.J.R. Gardner (editor), Whitehall History Publishing [p71, p74]. [this is a reprint of the Naval Staff History, 1949, BR1736 (32), Battle Summary No 41].

Thanks to Simon Ryan at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for information and photos from the 1943-46 period when Glala was a fireboat.


B.E.F. Ships, John de S. Winser, 1999, World Ship Society.

Dunkirk, A.D. Divine, 1945, Faber and Faber.

The Nine Days of Dunkirk, David Divine, 1959, Faber and Faber.

The Nine Days Wonder, John Masefield, 1941, Heinemann.


Letters, National Maritime Museum, and notes made by previous owners, 1990 and 2008.

Letter and photos from Mrs M.W. Stuttle. 1989.

Thanks to Paul Nachman for information about her restoration during the 1980s.


The Motor Boat Manual, Temple Press Ltd. 5th edition (1912), 7th edition (about 1918), 9th edition (1929), 15th edition (1954). This practical book was published every few years from 1907 until the 1960s. Comparing editions shows much of the evolution of the motor boat.

The History of the Ship, Richard Woodman, 1997.


Yacht Cruising, Claud Worth, 1926.

Skene's Elements of Yacht Design, Francis Kinney, 1927/1977.

Lifeboats and their Conversion, Tyrrell Lewis, 1935.

Sailing, Seamanship and Yacht Construction, Uffa Fox, 1936/2000.

Naval Conversions, Evans, 1936.

Boatbuilding, Howard Chapelle, 1941.

Handboek voor de Houtscheepmaker, Brinkman/Lienos, 1960/2000.

Clinker Boatbuilding, John Leather, 1973.

Wooden Boats, John Scarlett, 1981.

Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Yachts and Small Craft, Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 1982.

Boatbuilding Techniques, Richard Birmingham, 1984.

The Complete Book of Yacht Care, Michael Verney, 1997.

The Elements of Boat Strength, Dave Gerr, 2000.

Conserving Historic Vessels, National Historic Ships, 2010.