LondonRascal Posted September 18, 2014 Share Posted September 18, 2014 An exclusive video for this Forum we join MTB 102 and her crew on passage to and from the London’s St. Katherines Docks where she took part in a classic boat show. Motor Torpedo Boats (MTB's), were developed to be able to mount a quick response to threats from any seagoing vessel either warship or submarine. MTB 102 was designed (under the designation Vosper Private Venture Boat) by Commander Peter Du Cane CBE, Managing Director of Vosper Ltd., in 1936. She was completed and launched in 1937, and ran trials on the Solent. Credit has to be made to Charlie Griffin and Russ Jenkins for their camera work – first timers but naturals – and getting us to the heart of the action on board. Myself then filmed Richard Basey – Chairman of the MTB 102 Trust, Skipper and Chief Engineer on a guided tour of the vessel. As you can see we only touched the surface and one must really visit personally to appreciate and feel the history – right down to where in 1944 she carried Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower sat on their review of the ships assembled on the south coast for the D-Day landings, thus seeing the desperate evacuation of troops from Europe and their determined return. MTB 102 is kept afloat through generous donations - from visitors, friends of the craft and business sponsors – but as any boat owner will appreciate it costs money to keep boats afloat and in good order. Perhaps after watching the video you may like to help keep this truly remarkable and historic craft where she belongs - on the sea. Go to www.mtb102.com to learn about the history of this classic vessel and how you can donate or become ‘a friend of MTB 102’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAC-ZF_aAB4 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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