Veteran of Dunkirk Heads for Children's Adventure Playground
A gallant little craft with a heart of gold is set to leave her peaceful retirement berth on the waters of the Cam.
She is not exactly beautiful, but to shell-shocked troops on the wartime Dunkirk beaches she was the answer to a prayer.
In 1940, Goldfin was one of the flotilla of little boats the nation took to its heart after that epic rescue.
Now she is destined for another "battleground" - the Arbury Adventure Playground in Cambridge.
Her owner, Mr Jeffrey Perkins, couldn't bear the thought of his former personal carrier suffering the indignity of nautical senility. He has spent much time and money restoring her over the last ten years.
So he gave her to play leader Bob Asby to be brought back to life by the under-fives [under fifteens?] of the Arbury Estate.
There is, however, a problem. Goldfin is forty feet long, eight feet wide and weighs fifteen tons - and Bob can't find a crane big enough to lift her out of the water.
"Even one of those giant American Airforce helicopters would find her a bit of a handful," he said yesterday.
"The kids have set their hearts on her - they have already decided she would make a first class Noah's Ark."
Goldfin did make it to the Adventure Playground. One of the child contributors to the Arbury 1980 project and the 1981 Arbury Is Where We Live! book wrote about a visit to the playground:
In the playground there was an old wooden warship, from the Second World War. It was lifted off the River Cam by a crane on to the back of a lorry which drove to the playground.