My late Father was Acting Chief ERA on the MTB P1602, he always spoke with pride of this boat, fast furious and fragile would be my summary, tales of limping back into Hornet MTB base in the late 40's after sea trials - every seam leaking, allumium rivetted boat and a dock yard workers despair apparently - 40-50knts across the back of the Isle of Wight aledgedly, 3 merlin Aero engines, hi-octane fuel - fastest boat in RN claim I'd be intrested to hear validated or disputed. I have several photos which I can share, one lovely one at speed. Stories of experimental "G" force seats for crews that didn't work and such like to daily hi-jinx at the base.
My late Uncle was Chief ERA on the sister boat P1601 or P1603 at the same time, hence my dad met my mum, this was the very first gas turbine boat apparently, I'd really like to explore this history further, I'm told this engine is now in the British science museum, yet to visit.
My dad wrote his memoirs thru the 90's and it has an MTB section I can post on the site if anyone wishes.
We sailed to/from Hornet (original jetties) in the seventies on his wooden sail boat. Anyone who would like more info can contact me on my personal email - email@example.com
/ I work overseas.