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Churchill's funeral boat for sale
The Havengore
The barge sailed into history during the state funeral in 1965
A boat that sailed into history when she carried the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill down the Thames is leaving Kent for what could be the last time.

The Chatham-based charity that owns the Havengore says it has run out of money and can no longer afford to use it to take underprivileged children on trips.

So the barge will go up for sale at auction in London on 15 December. It is hoped the boat will raise 1.3m.

The boat carried Churchill's body from Tower Pier to Festival Pier.

The former prime minister was buried on 30 January 1965, having died aged 90.

The barge was built in the 1950s by Tough's Boatyard in Teddington, the same firm Churchill had commissioned for boats used in the evacuation of Dunkirk, during World War II.

The 87ft craft was restored in the late 1990s and has taken part in various events marking the 60th anniversary of significant dates in World War II.

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