FNFL La Découverte

Ex HMS Windrush

Leith built Frigate at Juno Beach


R.O. Neish/E. Pillay

FNFL La Découverte ex HMS Windrush

This is the beginning of a story about a remarkable ship and her crew, which began at Leith moving onto the North Atlantic then D-Day and beyond. The co-writer of this story is the daughter of Lt Commander D. Dick who served as the Royal Navy liaison officer on La Découverte

Many of his original photographs of wartime on a River Class Frigate form the back-drop of the story.


To help with the research into this book we are looking at recruiting help from any one of the many servicemen/women who were on the ship or who may have been trained on her, both in seamanship or later in fighting that most dangerous of fires.


Fire onboard a ship is one of the most difficult fire-fighting situations; many were trained to contend with such situations when this fine old vessel was on the beach at Cherbourg used as the fire training ship Lucifer II.


If you know anyone that fits the above then please contact us at the website all contributions will be very welcome, they do not have to be in English as we can have documents translated, images of the crews and the ship will be most welcome and all will be credited.


You will be able to follow the story of this ship as we go along, both here and on the Blog, storytelling of how a story comes about, all with volunteer help.

On the beach as a training ship in the port of Cherbourg

(Photograph is from John at Handmade Tours)

To be continued


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