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by David Carter
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure
Replies: 5
Views: 11559

Re: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure

Hello David Welcome to our website. I was admiring your model railway layout, I'm also a member of a model engineering society, so have an interest in these things. Unfortunately our best historian passed away last year, but I hope someone with better knowledge than me can help you. When it comes to...
by David Carter
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 208
Replies: 9
Views: 15608

Re: MTB 208

Hello Ayaan

I've left a message on James's answerphone about your enquiry. Can you give me your contact details, please. David Carter (Secretary)
by David Carter
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: AGM on 14 January 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 5498

AGM on 14 January 2018

Our CFVA London Branch AGM will be Sunday 14th January on HMS Belfast. We will be in the Wardroom, time 11.00, but if you can be there earlier, we can start promptly. We have a guest speaker Captain Trevor Robotham RN to talk about the new RN Museum. We hope to see you there. David Carter (Secretary)
by David Carter
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 144
Replies: 2
Views: 6379

Re: ML 144

Hello Roger All we know about ML144 is: ML 144 Fairmile 112' B-Type Motor Launch Builder's Yard: Dorset Yacht Company, Hamworthy Completion: 12th November 1940 Loss or Disposal: 22nd September 1941 Notes: ML 144 was mined in the English Channel on 22 September 1941. We don't have a record of MGB 144...
by David Carter
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 20278

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

That sounds fun = Holland is very cycle friendly!
by David Carter
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 20278

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

Stephen

Will you be travelling to Holland by car? If so, I have a hatch cover for a HDML to be taken there. David C
by David Carter
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 338
Replies: 4
Views: 8895

Re: ML 338

Hello David Thank you for your enquiry. My father commanded ML1301, which he sailed in a convoy to Malta, then was involved with the landings in Sicily and Salerno, did harbour defence work etc in Naples, then based in Maddelana and Bastia. Unfortunately killed during the assault on Elba. I have pho...
by David Carter
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 20278

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

Hello Hospers
Thank you for posting these new photos of the ship in a rather sorry state. What information do you need? I have a hatch cover for the ship languishing in my garden. Please contact me on cdcarter263@hotmail.com for further details. David Carter
by David Carter
Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 89531

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Thanks Admin for that explanation. ML's were not only used as direction guides at D-Day. Some were fitted with radar in the Mediterranean a year earlier and were so used in Operation Husky and Salerno. The operator who told me this - the late Dennis Blow - said that the equipment was similar to that...
by David Carter
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Meeting on HMS Belfast 16 October 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 5828

Meeting on HMS Belfast 16 October 2016

A reminder that the next meeting of London Branch will be Sunday 16 October at approx 10.30. Members and readers of this forum are most welcome. A warning for those who come by car - Tower Bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for repairs. This means that other crossings in the area - London a...
by David Carter
Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: An interesting development?
Replies: 10
Views: 11259

Re: An interesting development?

Thanks Steve for this very useful map. You might like to add that MASB 32 is in Norfolk and there is an Air-Sea Rescue Launch in Southern Spain.
David C.
by David Carter
Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 208
Replies: 9
Views: 15608

Re: MTB 208

We're celebrating this boat's 75th birthday this weekend. I attach photos of the boat - under restoration - with its proud owner James. The beer-can was given to James's grandfather who served on board HMS Vanguard during the Royal visit to Australia. mtb-208-restoration-august-2016-8.jpg mtb-208-re...
by David Carter
Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: HMS President
Replies: 0
Views: 5780

HMS President

Readers might like to see this article from Forces TV. There is a strong possibility that HMS President, currently at Chatham, may be scrapped. She is one of only three surviving WW1 ships and the training base for London RNVR, until the new "concrete ship" was opened in St Katherine's Dock. Many of...
by David Carter
Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Free French 23rd MTB flotilla
Replies: 1
Views: 4646

Re: Free French 23rd MTB flotilla

Herve

Welcome to the website. Thank you for posting the Free French badge.
by David Carter
Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 208
Replies: 9
Views: 15608

MTB 208

MTB 208 Our member James Battison is restoring MTB 208 at Port Hampton - the site of the Thorneycroft works. It is 75 years since she was originally launched, so James has invited CFVA members to visit on 12th August. If you come by car, there is a car park on the Lower Sunbury Road; if you travel b...
by David Carter
Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Thames Traditional Boat Festival
Replies: 4
Views: 7355

Re: Thames Traditional Boat Festival

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by David Carter
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Thames Traditional Boat Festival
Replies: 4
Views: 7355

Re: Thames Traditional Boat Festival

Hello JohnK I'm very sorry you missed us - we were there all 3 days, as you can see from the photos that Kevin has posted. Our tent was very close to MTB 102, so you could not have looked very hard! Also on Saturday, Peter Bickmore and his family joined us, so it would have been very good to see you.
by David Carter
Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Captain Peter Dickens
Replies: 1
Views: 4841

Re: Captain Peter Dickens

I attach photos of the Memorial Bench, which was "commissioned" by Captain Dickens' son Mark
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by David Carter
Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Thames Traditional Boat Festival
Replies: 4
Views: 7355

Re: Thames Traditional Boat Festival

Here is a link to details of the Festival, including a site map:
(http://www.tradboatfestival.com/#!where-to-find-us/cn7c)
by David Carter
Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Thames Traditional Boat Festival
Replies: 4
Views: 7355

Thames Traditional Boat Festival

The TTBF is being held this weekend at Henley on Thames. CFVA (London Branch) will be exhibiting there. There will be many boats of interest on display, including MTB 102 and various Dunkirk veterans. Please come and join Peter Bickmore and myself and enjoy the Festival.
by David Carter
Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Captain Peter Dickens
Replies: 1
Views: 4841

Captain Peter Dickens

A memorial to Captain Dickens has been installed at his parish church, St Michael and All Angels Church, Withyham, TN7 4BA. There will be a short ceremony of dedication this coming Sunday 3rd July, at 12 noon following the 11 am morning service. The Church and Parish Council would be delighted if an...
by David Carter
Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 269
Replies: 25
Views: 35326

Re: ML 269

Ben Welcome to our website. There are some photos of ML 269 posted February 2013 - follow this thread backwards. David
by David Carter
Thu May 05, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: London Branch Meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 5888

London Branch Meeting

The next meeting of the London Branch CFVA will be on HMS Belfast on Sunday 15 May at 11.00 hours. Membership is open to veterans and their families, and to those who are interested in the work of the Association. We look forward to seeing you there.

Secretary
by David Carter
Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Subscriptions
Replies: 5
Views: 7174

Re: Subscriptions

Thanks JK, received today.
by David Carter
Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Subscriptions
Replies: 5
Views: 7174

Re: Subscriptions

Thank you John K
by David Carter
Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Subscriptions
Replies: 5
Views: 7174

Subscriptions

Members are reminded that this the time of the year when London Branch subscriptions are due. These are still £8.00 per year, any donations welcome. I would invite those who use this website regularly to join London Branch CFVA, as the members' subscriptions fund the operation of this website. Being...
by David Carter
Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Meeting HMS Belfast
Replies: 0
Views: 5782

Meeting HMS Belfast

A reminder to members - our next meeting on HMS Belfast is next Sunday 21st February. Please come armed with your subscriptions £8). For readers of this website who are not yet members, please consider joining us. We meet quarterly on HMS Belfast and publish a newsletter. The subscription funds this...
by David Carter
Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: PT Boat - Mediterranean
Replies: 1
Views: 4603

PT Boat - Mediterranean

I see some US enthusiasts are hoping to restore a PT Boat. See http://maritime-executive.com/article/o ... e-restored
by David Carter
Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 77953

Re: MGB 658

Hello Chine. Thanks for starting this interesting post. I have a photo taken in Malta that shows the damage. They did a lot of repairs and modifications there. Bastia in Corsica had been heavily damaged by the enemy when they evacuated. If those photos were taken in early June 1944, they would have ...
by David Carter
Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: HMS President
Replies: 1
Views: 4466

HMS President

HMS President on which many naval reservists were trained, including many who became officers and crews in coastal forces, is to be moved from the Embankment. See https://thameshighway.wordpress.com/201 ... -the-move/

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