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by Dave Mills
Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 334
Replies: 6
Views: 6604

Re: MGB 334

I found this similar plaque, but for HMS Hollyhock. Looks like I will have to do some restoration work!
by Dave Mills
Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 334
Replies: 6
Views: 6604

Re: MGB 334

While at my friends miniature railway at the Joys of Life Country Park near Bangor, North Wales, he asked if I had seen the plaque on his Dutch Barn. I had known of a plaque on the gable end for many years but never looked at it carefully as it was before my interest in the RN Coastal Forces. He als...
by Dave Mills
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Books & Magazines
Topic: Warship World Publication
Replies: 0
Views: 1987

Warship World Publication

Maritime Books of Liskeard, Cornwall publish Warship World and Warship World Pictorial Review magazines. I was very fortunate to be contacted by the editor Steve Bush when he found my website featuring MTB P1602 (539) and invited me submit material for publication. This has now been published in War...
by Dave Mills
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: MTB 539 (1602)
Replies: 12
Views: 11150

Re: MTB 539 (1602)

I have recently spoken to a 92 year old local lady who told me she was the first aluminium welder at Saunders-Roe in Anglesey and that she welded up the exhaust silencers and handrail stanchions for MTB 539 (most of it being of riveted construction). She is very keen to know if there are any of her ...
by Dave Mills
Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: MTB P1602 Model Found
Replies: 4
Views: 3652

Re: MTB P1602 Model Found

See a new photo of P1602 from Steve Green in the Fast Patrol Boat section under MTB 539 (P1602)
by Dave Mills
Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: MTB 539 (1602)
Replies: 12
Views: 11150

Re: MTB 539 (1602)

Steve Green has written about P1602 in the Model Section of the forum. His late father CFA Green was ERA on 1602 during her short life from 1948 to early 1952 and wrote his memoirs a few years ago. Steve has kindly permitted us to share this wonderful photo from his father's collection. May thanks t...
by Dave Mills
Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: MTB P1602 Model Found
Replies: 4
Views: 3652

Re: MTB P1602 Model Found

Steve, it's great to hear about your family connections and the stories your father remembered about this fragile boat. She was powered by three Packard 4M-2500 (W14) 1,500 hp V12 supercharged petrol engines like the American PT boats and the early 50's Royal Navy Gay Class (the last to use them). I...
by Dave Mills
Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: VIDEO - Dark Class construction
Replies: 0
Views: 2018

VIDEO - Dark Class construction

This very short film clip shows the aluminium alloy frames being fitted before being clad in timber for the Royal Navy Coastal Forces Dark Class MTBs. The five Burmese Darks had riveted aluminium sheeting to prevent premature rotting and marine attack in the warm tropical seas. (Ignore any date stam...
by Dave Mills
Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: VIDEO - Launching of Burma 'Dark' T201
Replies: 0
Views: 2011

VIDEO - Launching of Burma 'Dark' T201

This short film clip shows the launching of Saunders-Roe built Dark Class T201 for Burma. This was the first of five all aluminium hulled FPBs for Burma. They were fitted with additional electic 'slow speed' drives for silent working along creeks and estuaries to track smugglers and pirates. This wa...
by Dave Mills
Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: The British 'Dark' class
Replies: 31
Views: 22163

Japanese ENGINELESS 'Dark' ?????

I recently heard a curious rumour about the Saunders-Roe built 'Dark' for Japan being shipped out without any engines. It was so bizarre that I dismissed it, but a few days ago another friend told me he worked on the boat at the factory and that the Japanese cancelled the Napier Deltics and the boat...
by Dave Mills
Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: MTB 539 (1602)
Replies: 12
Views: 11150

Model of MTB 539 (1602)

A model of P1602 had been found at the Holyhead Maritime Museum, Anglesey.
See the Model section on this forum for the photo.
by Dave Mills
Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:46 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: MTB P1602 Model Found
Replies: 4
Views: 3652

MTB P1602 Model Found

I discovered the 1950 built model of the experimental aluminium hulled MTB P1602 built at Saunders-Roe Anglesey. Launched in 1948 and lost in a storm while on tow for repairs in 1952 she had a very short life. The label states the model was made by M Stone in 1950. I had heard rumours of a possible ...
by Dave Mills
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: Hydrofoil R-103 - Bras D'Or
Replies: 4
Views: 7255

Re: Hydrofoil R-103 - Bras D'Or

There is an excellent book 'Fastest in the World' by John Boileau on the Saga of Canada's Revolutionary Hydrofoils. I have just borrowerd a copy from my library and find it totally absorbing. It covers the experimental work of Alexander Graham Bell and 'Casey' Baldwin who developed 'hydrodromes' and...
by Dave Mills
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:27 am
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: Hydrofoil R-103 - Bras D'Or
Replies: 4
Views: 7255

Re: Hydrofoil R-103 - Bras D'Or

Now for some photos of Bras D'Or in action. There were some initial stability problems as can be seen when she would take a dive into a wave or just take on a list. Steering was aslo found to be be poor and unresponsive. I can't say if all the problems were finally resolved before she was shipped to...
by Dave Mills
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: Hydrofoil R-103 - Bras D'Or
Replies: 4
Views: 7255

Re: Hydrofoil R-103 - Bras D'Or

While scanning the old Saunders-Roe negatives I copied over thirty of the old company magazines (now availble on CD from my website) and also come across a couple of illustrations of Bras D'Or. One is a drawing and the other a fine artist's impression. I've also included an interior photo of the ver...

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