The Exercise Tiger Trust – founded to commemorate the most costly Allied training incident in the whole of the Second World War – is proud to announce that Greenway Ferries of Dartmouth are to become Patrons of the Trust on April 28th, marking the 66th anniversary of Exercise Tiger.
Helen Meacock of Greenway Ferries (which serves Torquay, Brixham, Dittisham, Totnes and Slapton) said, “Exercise Tiger is an event that we hold very dear to our hearts. With the Trust’s help in providing factual background, we will be able to portray the events which occured that terrible night as accurately as possible. I shall be narrating the story on cruises to Slapton Sands from Torquay, Brixham and Dartmouth”.
Director General of the Trust, Steve Lawrance said, “We are delighted to welcome Greenway Ferries as Patrons. The Exercise Tiger Trust’s mandate is to commemorate and educate. Knowing that the tragic events of that night will be truthfully told to a wider public via Greenway Ferries’ cruises perfectly serves the aims of The Trust.”
“In 2009, Greenway Ferries purchased RML 497, the only existing Fairmile B in operation as a passenger boat,” said Mrs Meacock. “RML’s were used in the rescue of troops who had been torpedoed in Exercise Tiger and, although we have yet to find evidence that actually places RML 497 there on the night in question, we feel that by journeying with us in the only surviving Fairmile B, our customers will be able to step back in time and enjoy a much more realistic experience.”
“And, at the end of the 2010 season, we intend to donate a percentage of our ticket sales for The Grand Heritage Voyage to Slapton Sands to the Exercise Tiger Trust.”
Via its web site the Exercise Tiger Trust has already begun creating a unique online resource of documentation, giving first-hand accounts of the events of that night, together with military records, logs and diaries where available.
Director General of the Trust, Steve Lawrance said, “All of our documentation will be available to Greenway Ferries in order that they’ll be able to properly tell the story – to young and old alike.”