Its owner, Damon Meeking, looked a little perplexed when I asked if I could photograph it but was more than happy to let me once I explained about Wandering Words. He even fetched the miniature figured head for me – and then muttered the immortal words: “There’s a story attached to the boat.”
“Do tell, “ I said. And he did – hear it below:
H.M.S Defiant was a British adventure which premiered in 1962. As well as Alec Guinness and Dirk Bogarde, the film also featured Maurice Denham and Anthony Quayle. Read more about it here.
For those interested in the renaming of Admiralty Road from Powder Monkey Lane, Damon told me it was in reference to the young boys who used to ferry the gunpowder on warships. Read more here.