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FMB (Fast Mator Boat) 35ft

Bold Class
Commissioned into the RN in the early 1950's, for the further testing of the viability of using Gas Turbines for marine propulsion.

Brave Class
Here is a description of the design and development of a Fast Patrol Boat including a discussion of a number of the technical problems considered.

Dark Class
The "Dark" class were designed as an interchangeable MGB / MTB and were the first Royal Navy fast attack craft class to be fitted with diesel engines.

Using glued 'all timber' construction making full use of laminated plywood techniques etc to a considerable extent; the cost of the Hull construction for "Ferocity" was kept down to a minimum.

Gay Class
The Gays were short interchangable MGB/MTBs and were almost entirely wood construction with structural members of water resistant plywood.

Polish MTBs/MGBs

Scimitar Class
The name of HMS Scimitar has been worn by several vessels of the Royal Navy. Some had
famous and illustrious careers.

HMS Tenacity

Control Target Boats
Between 1942 & 1945 there were 50 C/T Boats all of which were converted from other military fast boats.

Prior to WWII, 18 Fast Launches of the "bird" class were completed by British Power Boats between 1937 and 1939. Additionally 10 Generals class Fast Launches were completed by 1939, these later became target towing launches.

MTB-102 (Navy)

The Thornycroft 43ft RSL met the RAF requirements for a robust, fast seagoing launch for duties which were to include clearance of air/sea practice bombing ranges and SAR.

The Admiralty 35ff Fast Motor Boats (FMIBs), built in vast numbers, were the larger sisters to the 25ff FMBs that were used on destroyer sized warships.

The Marine Engine Collection
The continued success of the Fast planing craft that emerged from builders such as British Power Boat, Vosper Ltd and Thornycroft, very much depended on equal success by the engine manufacturers.

The Speed Boat Collection
Builders of the RN MTBs, the RAF High Speed Launches and the Anny Fast Launches, were also keen to develop fast craft for commercial and private use.

The Vosper 60ft type MTBs were of traditional MTB hard chine form. They were constructed using frames of Honduras Mahogany with topside planking of double thickness mahogany. The bottom planking was of triple thickness mahogany.

The KALO TAXIDI is a most unusual craft. This 23ft stainless steel launch was acquired as the KALO TAXIDI from her owner near Bradford-on-Avon in 1999.

The Queen Gull radio controlled target boats were commissioned by the Coast Branch of the Royal Artillery in order to train crews of the twin 6 Pounder gun batteries in defence of harbour entrances against fast German motor torpedo boats or motor gunboats.

The 24ft Marine Tenders were the largest of the three types which included 22ft Tenders and the 23ft Tenders, the latter mostly convened to WT repair craft.

Several 40ft Seaplane Tenders were sent to South Africa during WW2. Of these boats, ST’s 430, 433, 1537, 1572 and 1580 - only ST-433 is assumed to have survived.

German S-boats - better known to the Allies as
E-boats - a generic term for Enemy Boats.

The 48' Derby Winners Class triple screw Fast Launch HYPERION was ordered in 1940. She was built by J S Whites as yard no. 5102 in mahogany.

142 Puma
40 of this class of boats were built. The first 20 were known as Type 140 "Jaguar" class, the next 10 were known as "Seeadler" class and the final 10 were known as 142 "Zobel" class.

High Speed Launches
The High Speed Launches which joined the RAF fleet in 1937 were to increase the operational range duties of the 200 class seaplane tenders.


Motor Gun Boats

Range Safety Launches

Target Towing Launches

The P29 river patrol vessel called the "Vello" was bBuilt in germany in 1953/54 for the American occupying forces.

Seaplane Tenders

100ft 300 ton capacity naval dumb tank lighter.

Other Boats

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