the Dagger' carried cement from Greenhithe for the building
of the buttresses of Tower Bridge: took pitch to Antwerp and
coal to France during the Great War, sailing through several
minefields in doing so: lost one vessel at Dunkirk in 1940,
but helped bring another one back, laden with soldiers, for
which gallantry he was awarded the British Empire Medal.
Captain Miller retired from the sea aged seventy and served
another ten years as gate-keeper for ship and barge owner
F T Everard & Sons Limited at Greenhithe before retiring
for the second time in order to let one of the 'youngsters',
a sixty-five year old, take over his job.
At the age of 100 'Dick, the Dagger' was interviewed at his
Dartford home by Tony Farnham, now Chairman of The Society
for Sailing Barge Research. This is a transcript of the recorded
interview, with recently released reports of vessels involved
in the Dunkirk evacuation.
Size 297 x 210mm (A4), 78 pages, 62 period photographs,
perfect bound with laminated card covers.