Second World War boats to be restored to their former glory

Posted: 12/17/2011 in all marine news

Portsmouth.co.uk –

She plucked fallen pilots from the North Sea and English Channel during the historic Battle of Britain.

Now RAF Rescue Launch boat HSL102 will be given a new lease of life.

The Second World War vessel, which is owned by Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, based at College Road, Portsea, is being kitted out with three new engines.

The trust wanted to replace the existing ones, which are 10 years old, after inspectors detected faults this summer.

The upgraded vessel will then be open for public viewings and hire at Gunwharf Quays Marina.

Peter Goodship, chief executive of Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, said: ‘In these challenging times, it is never easy to commit large sums of money, especially when they are un-budgeted.

‘But HSL102 is a truly unique boat which we hold in trust for the nation. ‘The trustees wished to see her remain afloat and operational for the benefit, enjoyment and use of future generations.’

Mermaid Marines, based at East Quay Road, in Poole, have now begun replacing the engines and the boat’s drive train.

The improvements will help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and give the boat more life at sea.

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