This boat, Denise Simone, was the very last working wooden pilot boat in the UK. She was built in Whitstable in 1963 for George Hammond, a prominent ship and tug owner. She’s made of pitchpine on oak and registers at over 10 tons, working off Dover Harbour in all weather. The Mayor of Dover presented her with two Port Dover signs which she proudly shows in her forward cabin. Dover Harbour Board gave permission to recognise her historical significance by bearing ‘Ex Dover Pilots’ on her hull for her service between 1965 and 1985. Denise Simone, having retired from Dover, took up the responsibility of an Auxiliary Coast Guard Vessel along the North of Kent up until 2007. She is always welcome back in Dover where she is fondly remembered.