News

1927 Scott-Paine Speedboat 'Panther 111'

After many months of negotiations with the Scott-Paine descendants both in the UK  and the US, we have an agreement with the Family to take over ownership of the 22ft-6in vessel and have her brought here to Hampshire. Here she will stay whilst we find a suitable restorer, we have offered the Family three restorers including the Trainee Boatbuilding group at Oulton Broad in Norfolk, but they have allowed me to make whatever arrangements I choose on behalf of the Trust I have made it clear to the Family that I will do what is best for the Craft, their satisfaction must come from the restoration of one of the Scott-Paine treasures.
John Cook Secretary CMHT


Mr and Mrs Scott-Paine after racing the speedboat
 

Oestrum 6th June D-Day

9th June Dover
10th June Lowestoft
11th Return by car to Southampton
If any of our friends or members wish to meet the boat at any of the above Towns, please telephone me beforehand. John Cook, Secretary, Coastal Motorboat Heritage Trust, Telephone 079078 95281 212a Peartree Avenue, SO19 7RB email johngarthcook@aol.co.uk

 

D-Day 6th June celebrations MTB 102

Drive to Lowestoft on Thursday 22nd May
sail for Chatham, stay Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25th May
Midday Monday Dover, stay overnight
Tuesday 27 May Sail to Portsmouth
Wednesday 28th Weymouth
Thursday 29th Poole
Ocean Village Southampton 29 and 30th May 31st May Portsmouth

 

World War One

A Century will have passed on the day of our rally. To mark that date, the Trust, today bought from Messrs. Staples , copies of WW1 Pictures enlarged to Posters, one will be given free of charge by our Trust to every School, Club and Pub in Southampton. During this Rally we will have on display, a Union Jack which last 'flew at the Battle of Jutland, also a Sailor's Uniform from the same Battle. Stepping forward to WW2 The Daily Telegraph Newspaper dated September 4th 1939 Table of photographs from D' Day Trip. If any of our Members or Friends wish to add any Items, Letters or Pictures of the period, please get in touch before the meeting

 

Woolston Bridge

Our Crusade to have the Woolston Bridge named the Scott-Paine Bridge continues…. Our next Rally will be on 29th of June 2014 at the Church Hall attached to the Oldest Church in England and within view of the 'Scott-Paine Bridge, The Peartree Church Hall, 80 Peartree Road, SO19 7GZ Entrance Fee for our Event is £7 including Cream Tea. Speaker Mr. Peter Webberley, with his own paper on Hubert Scott-Paine; also Film Footage. Plans, drawings and a profile of CMB 331,(MTB 331) and, what went wrong with the plan to have her restored.

 

Marchwood in Hants C.M.H.T. Rally and Film Show

Hubert Scott-Paine Rally / Film Show 2-30pm on Saturday 15th March 2014 - St. John's Church Hall Marchwood, Hants Finishing about 6pm. Mr Reg Martin, Member of our Trust, will be handling the arrangements. This is our eighth event and Reg feels that the people of Lymington, Hythe, and Marchwood would like to see and hear the historic past of surely the most important person of World War 2, to have lived and worked in this area. We have rarely seen footage of Scott-Paine, T.E. Laurence, Harry Banks, The Spit Head Coronation review for King George 6th. and many other minutes of film. We also show the colour film of the restoration of Scott-Pain's HSL102 (45 minutes). Tea Break between films, plus a Full supporting programme of Drawings, Plans, Pictures, Questions and answer period and a short report on our progress on having the Woolston Bridge named the Scott-Paine Bridge. To book please contact John Cook Tel: 07907 895 281 Email: johngarthcook@aol.co.uk

 

News September 2013

Elizabeth Ridgway (nee Scott-Paine) has gone into Hospital for a few days to have her Heart Attack Stented away, thank goodness, she is back home and has asked me to tea next Thursday.

I have returned from Great Yarmouth's Maritime Festival which I attended with Richard Basey on MTB 102, just in time for a request from Richard Hellyer for me to attend the Southampton Boat Show to help show HSL 102. It isn't the boats that cause me trouble, just the distance;  the MTB is at Lowestoft some 210 miles from my front door, whereas our boat RASC Garth is a mere 140 miles away and the HSL a twopenny busride.

Had Lunch yesterday with the British Military Powerboat crowd (ten of us all told), very nice to see again those very friendly old faces and to learn the latest boat gossip.  When I was on the MTB, the BMPT boat, 'Humber' was accompanying us on the ten mile trip up the North Sea to Great Yarmouth. I was able to show them a few pictures of her at speed.  She is the sister ship to RASC Garth and she almost flew over those ten miles.

Hubert Scott-Paine was of course the builder of HSL102, probably the most important power boat of WW2, it is a shame that his daughter Elizabeth and his two grandsons, although here near to Southampton at present, will probably miss the festivities.

Today I made enquiries at a shop to let in Bitterne to see if Coastal Motorboat Heritage Trust could rent it at a reasonable rent for meeting place, tea room, etc, I will let you all know if it is available to us.  If you will let me know if you will turn up, help with rent etc.

Mr. Don Grey has added a BLOG to our Website at his own expense, it has been up and running for a good few weeks, eventually I worked out how to find the replies, if any, I pressed the button and had a list of 246 replies, which over the last week has risen to 500.  I never knew there were so many people in this world who wanted to sell me, 'T' shirts, shoes, 'Ugg' boots and dozens of other articles mostly coming from China. coastalmotorboat.org.uk/blog is what you type into your computer if you want to sell me something.

I am still trying to find space for our new 1927 sea plane tender which has been donated to our Trust, it comes with two engines and all the bits and pieces to turn it into the important craft it could be,
Best wishes John Cook

   
 

News April 2013

SPRING has at last arrived and RASC 34 Garth has it's first visitor of the year, Timothy is one of those very rare children who prefers a Military Boat and the outside air to a Mobile Phone. His mum and the family are visiting Sandwich so it didn't take him long to find Garth.

News March 2013

1937 Sea Plane Tender passed to our Trust

 I am delighted to tell you that this small vessel has been given to us in preference to the RAF Museum at Hendon, as it’s owner felt that it had a better chance of being used and shown to the Public in our hands.  However we have to re-install the Engines as well as much more work before we can have her ready for sea.  To this end I am trying to have her brought to Cobden Bridge in Southampton, where I live, instead of Sandwich in Kent where RASC Garth lives.  The saving of £40 per week on Petrol for my car will instead go on rent for the workshop in Southampton. Any Member of the Trust or friend who wants to help with the project, come forward please.

                       
                                                           Sea Plane Tender

Since my last letter:  I have had, one reply (with donation), and  two replies with notification of the death of the recipient, may they Rest in Peace; I attended the Funeral of  Terrence Mills who was one of our Members, at Southam in Warwickshire, The very old stone Church was packed but I managed to sit at the rear, just in front of the Gas Heater. His family were very kind and introduced me to his wider family and friends.  After Tea, they sent me away with a large trunk stuffed with his military papers, photographs from his War Service and books. I shall display these papers, especially ’Secret Action Reports’ at my talks in future. I also sent out 150 emails of my letter and had four replies. But nil desperandum!

The Cannon which I had built for Sandwich (to be used as a ‘Noon-Day gun’), is now functional, Yesterday, by request of the Harbour Master, I attached to the deck of Garth, a back up ‘cannon’ in the shape of a ’Mine’ which fires a twelve bore BLANK.  So every time I am at Sandwich in the future at Noon, I will fire off the Blank and the Harbour Master can stay in bed.

On the 21st March 2013, I will put on one of my evening talks and film show  7-30pm to 9pm, At the Sholing Church Hall, Monica Road, Southampton, SO19 8GB. The Film, the restoration of Air Sea Rescue Launch 102.  If you want to come, you must telephone me beforehand, the Hall holds 40 and we have 20 already, (cost of entry and a cup of tea. A small voluntary donation to CMHT).

May 5th and 6th 2013 at Southampton Docks with 20 other WW2 Craft. for the Southampton Maritime Festival. Also there HMS Medusa,  RAF 102,(not to be confused with MTB 102),  The Sundowner once owned by a survivor from the Titanic 2nd Officer C. Lightoller. I will again be crewing the MTB 102, from Lowestoft to Southampton, to arrive in Southampton in  time for the opening Ceremony.  We may however stop for the night a day earlier at Hamble or  Portsmouth.  Then from 7th May onwards back to Portsmouth, where we may stay for a week before the long, long return to Lowestoft, then  my long long long drive back to Southampton.

And lastly, visiting my  Son’s Family in the South of France, he took me to a restaurant with eight of his pals, my Son and three others had the Horse Meat, which looked exactly like beef to me, there were twenty five people in the room, six of them smoking at any given time, all consumed a small carafe of wine each.  The old man who ‘chain smoked’ throughout the meal, was the local Doctor. No I do not smoke but I recognise the feeling of Freedom when I come across it!

John Cook

 

News Christmas 2012

Able Seaman King showed courage above and beyond the Call of Duty and is thus Mentioned in this Despatch

Debbie King, almost certainly the only woman to drive a WW2 Motor Torpedo Boat under the spectacular Queen Elizabeth Bridge, is an unlikely Helmsman whatever the Craft. She in fact went on to navigate all thirteen Bridges of the Thames. The previous day she had taken the ship’s wheel for a seven hour ‘Watch’ in the North Sea. On the third day of the trip this ‘Wonder Woman’ spent almost a full day at the wheel whilst the ship led a twenty vessel Convoy of Dunkirk Little ships, each loaded down with be-medalled veterans from the war.

Not forgetting HRH Prince Michael of Kent  on our ship. He was seated behind Debbie talking to our Commodore and I was far away in the stern waving to the thousands of people along the banks.

I am not sure what height restrictions applied to members of the Wrens during the War, but I would bet her ‘five feet and half an inch‘, would have precluded her from sea going duties. Debbie has overcome this slight disadvantage by standing on a wooden Aldis Lamp box, from which position she can  just see over the Bridge rail to the bow. For some reason known only to this Little Lady, she likes to be  bare foot whilst on the ship.

Our Heroin right from the start of this trip, was able to demonstrate her prowess as an helmsman. It became obvious to me that her ability to steer a straight course was a skill which I did not have.  Her hours at the wheel  seemed to invoke no criticism from the Skipper, whereas my turn brought forth many a rebuke of “your off course again John”!  

Debbie, like myself, was a volunteers on this voyage;  it is a sad  reflection on our time that the crew (including the Captain) are all Pensioners.   During Wartime, a Torpedo Boat would have had a crew of ten or more, most of them under the age of twenty five years but this craft is reduced to just three. All of them old enough to be ’the wartime crew’s parents (or grand parents).

Every year I speak to literally  thousands of visitors to  Military Craft, I  give out hundreds of Cards to those young men, desperate (they say) to volunteer to crew these vessels, but long ago I  gave up hoping that at least one of them would make contact. They DON’T!  

Earlier in the year MTB 102 was one of the stars of the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. Forty Thousand visitors came to see us. Over the two days  of the Festival I alone spoke to hundreds of them. Thousands of ’photos were taken…

Mobile Phones and Computers have taken hold of our Country’s Youth, add to that the Junk Food from the High Street to take away the degree of fitness needed to crew a World War Torpedo Boat and we are left with three ‘Old Sailors’ to crew this last ever “Spitfire of the Sea” Hopefully they won’t become “The Last of the Few”.

I am sad to say that as the oldest on board, I left the ship after seven days, I just couldn’t take the lack of sleep and  continual activity on board……this left Debbie with an even larger workload, the  seventy five year old Motor Torpedo Boat  carried on with its visits and I saw it next at Ramsgate with a large crowd of visitors near by.

The Craft now showing vibrations on the Starboard side proceeded towards Dover, its last ‘port of call’. before the Winter Lay up at Lowestoft. Because of vibration at the stern, the Skipper  decided to shut down the starboard engine . He couldn’t be sure whether the starboard ‘P’ bracket holding the propeller shaft was still serviceable enough to make the journey back to Lowestoft.  To put aside any doubt, Debbie dived into the freezing murky waters of the Ferry Port  and was able to confirm that the Starboard Shaft was in no fit state to make the journey.  Thus this very old vessel made her way North from Dover at 4pm on one  engine. Passing the North Foreland  the weather deteriorated and Able Seaman D. King again took the wheel to take her share of the nine and a half hours  at sea, all of it in Heavy Weather.

By  two thirty am the ship and her two crew were safely at home at their base in Suffolk, Nelson could not have done better.

John Cook

 

News October 2012

RASC GARTH goes to Rochester for a Medway Visit, whilst I join Motor Torpedo Boat 102 and attend the Great Yarmouth Festival of the Sea.

Our Chairman Tom Lash and his crew have repaired the port gearbox and sorted out the fuel tank problems. So as a proving cruise, they took her around the English Channel to the Medway to call in at Rochester to visit supporters of our vessel. Calling in at Ramsgate to wait for the Tide, our young Skipper was surprised to see Kent Police Officers come on board to check the weapons we were carrying. Tom made it clear that all guns were either de-activated or dummy-weapons. Nevertheless the Police required them to be removed from their mountings and stowed below decks. These orders were followed and the guns have remained out of sight during the whole period of the Olympic Games. We now intend to update the weapons and with the help once again of JJ Engineering, from Southampton Docks, we hope to have our new versions on display in a week or two. The boat has been painted above the waterline and a new LED lighting system has been hoisted aloft next to the flags which 'dress the vessel overall'. The overall effect when the lights are switched on at the weekends, is in my view 'electric'. A donation from one of our members who skippered Garth in 1952, has given us enough money to afford a new Generator. This with a special box of tricks, allows us to have not only lighting for me when staying aboard at weekends, but the use of my radio and Computer as well, All this without having the Generator running in the evening. From now on, the boat will be lit up on Friday Saturday and Sunday every week and all over the Christmas period. Whilst laying alongside this wonderful Cinque Port of Sandwich, even at this autumn time of year, hundreds of people pass by us, almost all of them read our History Board and those who want to can speak to me and learn more about the vessel and the Trust.

                                  

On 31st of August I left the boat and drove North to Lowestoft in Suffolk. When I arrived and put my gear aboard MTB 102, Skipper Richard Basey, treated me to dinner at a local pub overlooking the Oulton Broad.On '102' I was allocated the Captain's Cabin and spent a comfortable night. Next morning we left our mooring promptly at 9am to be at the Bridge at 9 30. At that exact time the bridge swung away and within minutes we were plunging into the now almost furious, North Sea. Surely not ten miles of this Maelstrom? I thought as a feeling of sickness was developing deep in my stomach. Richard called back to me as he clung doggedly to the seventyfive year old iron steering wheel..."little bit bumpy John". Somehow the time passed we swept and in an hour we swept into the calm river that is Great Yarmouth. We moored up under the stern of a beautiful three masted sailing ship, which bore the somewhat unusual name of 'Mercedes'. Richard explained that she was Danish or was it Finish? Anyway she had been built about six years ago, during our two day stay at the Festival she put to sea with visitors on, at least six times. "Skipper"! said I, "Doesn't it make you want to Spit! They've got this go anywhere fully rigged Ocean Going Sailing Ship, and we have the never-to-be-seen, go nowhere, CUTTY SARK"!

                                     

Over the next two days, Forty Thousand people visited the Maritime Festival and, as far as I could judge, every one of them took a picture of '102' Because of the difficulty of the high Sea Wall, it was almost impossible to get the visitors on board, so I spent my two days shouting my answers to the many mainly predictable questions. NO the boat was not powered by three Spitfire Engines, NO torpedoes are not replenished at sea, YES Wiston Churchill and General Eisenhower inspected the Normandy Beaches from this boat. YES Michael Caine was on the boat for the making of the film "The Eagle has Landed". or I don't understnd your question, The Torpedo BOAT does not submerge to release the torpedo, only the submarine submerges! and YES this is the actual MTB 102, it is not a replica, it really did lead the Evacuation of Dunkirk, when 338,000 fighting men were taken off of the beaches and carried safely to our Green and Pleasant Land, to fight again from that land, and in the end Win Through.

Time passed quickly with this huge event with it's tented small city, it's Marching Soldiers and Brass Bands, it's dozens of seated areas of entertainment and food, it's portable Theatre which played for two days without let up. The Mayor resplindent in her crimson robes came to see us as did the Lord Sheriff and his Lady., but mostly it was the people who walked by in their Thousands that made our days worth while. The two days were soon over, we were signalled to be the first to leave and turned away from the Sea Wall and were soon out into a now calm North Sea. As our Captain had work to do below deck, I was given the exquisite pleasure of taking the ship down the coast at high speed, covering the ten miles in twenty minutes. I stayed that night on '102' and left next morning for Sandwich, (but not without wondering which bunk had I slept in, was it Churchill's or Eisenhower's ?)

Ten day's later I returned to Lowestoft to crew 102 again, this time we turned South on a ten hour voyage to Greenwich Pier to spend the night, before we eventually reached our destination at Hampton Court, where we were to take onboard, Falkland's Heroes, Veterans of WW2 as well as Chelsea Pensioners and not forgetting Prince Michael of Kent. But more of that eventfull journey in our Christmas Newsletter.

John Cook

 

News July 2012

Down at Sandwich in Kent for the weekend, sleeping on the boat last night through the torrential downpours, which was not as bad as it may seem, it was warm and the previous weekend I had painted the cabin tops so all above me was waterproof-ish. I arrived at 1pm and immediately got the Collection Box out on the dockside. Witnin four hours, I had seated at least twenty children on the fordeck Gun (not all together you understand) and had collected £34.84p in the box (I counted it). Today I will spend some of our donation on filler and paint brushes and will then paint the engine room in white emulsion, I have found out over the years that emulsion is the best paint for oily surfaces.

Garth having covered 195 miles at sea coming to this wonderful haven from Beaulieu, the engine room and tank area look as though Heath Robinson himself was incharge. It appears that the new 400 litre tank was not built with baffles in it, so as the fuel fuel level fell just as the craft reached the English Channel, the heavy 'swell' caused the remaining fuel to move ,thus cutting off first one engine then the other.

The vessel had left Beaulieu at noon and arrived in the Pegwell Bay to anchor at o700 next morn. However The Stour River is difficult to navigate for a boat like Garth and it was another five hours before she came alongside at Sandwich.

Back to today, It is now 0845 the Sun is out and I can hear the children shouting from the quay so I must put the box out and start talking. Garth is here for a month, then we must see what we shall see.

John Cook, Secretary, Coastal Motorboat Heritage Trust

 

News July 2012

Our Afternoon Event at The Chichester Room Buckler's Hard, took place on Tuesday last. Notwithstanding the fact that it was sparsely attended, we all seemed to have a merry time. I started proceedings with a talk about 'where we are now.. Then we watched a film on Restoration, ( I noticed that two of our gathering went straight to sleep), At the end of the film the Cream Tea was set out. Everyone brightened up and sat around chatting.

There followed a talk with Cecil Bannister, a ninety three year old gentleman who told us what it was like to fight in a war, four and a half year aboard the Destroyer HMS Fury, mountainous Seas, the death of his friends, the rescue of HMS Kelly and Lord Mountbatton, sailing with Prince Philip. Meeting a WREN in the Naffi a wartime courtship and fifty years marriage.

Those present thought that Tuesday was not a good day, our previous event on a Saturday had seventy-one supporters turn up, this one fifteen. That was the afternoon event 2pm till five.

At 8am I had arrived at the boat with our team from Sandwich, in the boot of the car we carried the Gearbox for the Port Engine. By 12-15pm the gearbox was installed, the engines fired up so I left to go home and get changed...RASC Garth left for sea trials.... All of this hard work was necessary to have the boat ready for its sea voyage to Sandwich in Kent to be there for the Sandwich August Bank Holiday Festival. Yes in three weeks we will be sailing the 200 miles to that wonderful little 'Cinque Port' Town in Kent and I can't tell you how delighted I will be to be there! I must thank our young Chairman, Tom Lash, for his hard work, skill, and confidence in bringing this all about.

Now to the little matter of Diesel....we have installed our new fuel tank forward of the engine room bulkhead, but we only have 15 gallons in the tank. We need Fifty Gallons to make the journey. Please, if you can, send us ten pounds for two gallons. Donations please, to John Cook, 212a Peartree Avenue, Southampton, SO19 7RB

RECOGNITION AND THANKS The Master Builders House Hotel, just up the grassy knoll from the boat, have treated us Royally, given us the use of the Francis Chichester Room free of charge, put on a Cream Tea for £5. 50p per head and generally made us feel at home, wonderful people, Managers and Staff. We have put on three events there in these nine months and made money for the Trust. More to the point, we have learned from the experience here and will go on to new grounds to put on our events, I myself fancy the area around Chatham or maybe Dover, Lowestoft or even Calais, as long as the boat can make the journey, we can have the Event. We need new speakers, or subjects, films, or new ideas.

Please continue to support us if you can,
John Cook, Secretary, Coastal Motorboat Heritage Trust


RASC Garth. Rear view. 1953

 

News June 2012


5th June 2012 on patrol for the Jubilee

 

 

Newsletter April 2012

Thanks to previous donations we have managed to transfer RASC 34 Garth from Canvey Island to Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu River in Hampshire.We have been offered another twelve month's mooring in the Agamemnon Dock (where Nelson's First Ship was launched). Lord Montagu asks us to pay only one thousand pounds per annum for this facility instead of the twelve thousand pounds this dock would normally command. We are most grateful for this considerable generosity.

On Saturday 24th March, Our Trust put on an event and talk by Mr. Alan Watson, about the restoration of HMS Medusa and an informative discussion about other types of Royal Navy MLs, Fairmiles and other vessels; it was no surprise to me that Alan's talk was a great success. There followed a talk by Don Rowland, Boatman to Her Majesty the Queen, he talked about the Pearl River Incident in China in 1953, Don was a member of the Royal Navy there at the time of this, the last time that the Royal Navy fought in Asia.

There followed a break to take afternoon Cream Tea at cost of £5.50p per person.

Ninety One year old Cecil Bannister then gave an interview, recalling his time on HMS Fury, the first 100 days of the second world war, 93 of which he was at sea, mostly on patrol North of the Arctic Circle, the Russian Convoys, The HMS Kelly 'sinking' incident ("In Which we Serve" film), The awful Cold and Mountainous Seas of Mermanx and the North Cape. Cecil received a rousing reception from the sixty guests attending. The event brought us a profit of £142.

The Francis Chichester Room would seat only 57 guests, so I took the other 12 down to the boat and we had a good talk; my own organisation of the meeting was poor, but I will try harder for our next event, likely to be held at the same place in early July with our final event of the year being in September 2012.

The Trust will have Garth fully occupied for Her Majesty the Queen's Jubilee, RASC 34 Garth will be taken by Mr. David Ross and his crew on a two days celebration covering the South Coast and the Isle of Wight, David took the vessel to Henley two years ago. Our own Boats Crew will take her to various ports of call at Southampton, commencing at Eling Quay Totton 11am 5th June 2012.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO HELP OUR TRUST TO SURVIVE FINACIALLY FOR ANOTHER YEAR OR TWO.

John Cook, Secretary

From: John (Garth) Cook

Newsletter January 2012

We have received a very nice letter from Buckler's Hard asking us to stay on at least until Summer 2013, we are delighted and feel we must be doing something right. In November we put on an event at the Chichester Rooms, we showed a film of the restoration of HSL102, the Chairman of the Southampton City Council attended with his Wife and presented a gift to a 99yr old Gentleman who had worked on the boat in 1930. There followed a Cream Tea and much discussion; it was a great success.

More to follow: we have asked Alan Watson from Medusa Trust to put together a talk, film, etc., which we understand will include help from the Costal Forces Heritage Trust, a great pleasure for our Trust. Our Member Don Rowland, will include a talk about the little remembered 'Pearl River Incident of 1953' , the last Action in which Coastal Forces MLs fought for our Nation, (this in memory of our late Member, Stoker Peter Seaman, RN). We anticipate that this event will be held in February or March.

Now that Peter Jackman has had a steel hip fitted (stainless steel I presume), and has returned to the boat, there is a hive of activity; the fresh water supply now works to fill the kettle, the toilet door opens silently and the Kitchen looks spick and span and, Lunch on board has greatly improved (soup and buttered rolls have been added to the menu). All five bilge pumps are working but they have little to do as the timbers have tightened up and the Sea stays on the outside.

*A huge "Thank You"! all who gave money to enable us to bring Garth to Beaulieu* This week, one of our members has loaned us a 1917 Union Jack which was last flown at the Battle of Jutland, we will use it for our Jubilee Celebrations which we are Planning as I write - see below

Jubilee Day - We Propose

Depart Buckler's Hard at 9am arrive at Eling Quay, Totton (on the outskirts of Southampton) at 10-30am. The loaned Union Jack to be presented to the ship by Miss M.B.D Knowles, A bottle of Champagne to be presented by Mr. Rodney Edlin, once opened a soupcon of the Celebratory Nectar will be poured over the Bow; we have on board two dozen wine glasses, should those in attendance wish to partake in a toast to Her Majesty. (crew members restricted to Tea).

Planned route from Totton; To the 17th Port Regiment at Marchwood. Then to the Marina at Hythe, Across to The Royal Pier, then along the side of the Old Docks to The River Itchen with four proposed stops. Two on the Southampton side, turning at Cobden Bridge, then Bitterne and Woolston on the other side. Along the coast to Hamble returning across the river to Calshot and home to spend the night at Beaulieu. Garth will be candle lit on the Beaulieu River - Light's Out 11pm.

Day Two: Leave Bucklers Hard at 9am proceed to Lymington then Key Haven, at 1pm depart for Newport Isle of Wight arriving after Lunch. At 4pm depart for Cowes, early evening candle lit alongside. return home, late Picnic on the Grassy Knoll. Of course we have plenty of time to alter or extend this schedule so any of our friends or members are free to suggest ideas for Her Majesties Jubilee Celebrations.

It is possible there would be a third day, we have already been asked to make the trip up the Chichester River stopping at Siddlesham on the way. If we did then we would certainly call at Shoreham and maybe the Brighton Coast.

There are many young persons who show the greatest interest in Garth and pledge their immediate and continued support to her; alas we never see them again. There are three seventy five year old guys who keep RASC 34 Garth going, but possibly only one of them is likely to last another fifteen years. However my grandson Freddy aged 8yrs is showing an interest so I have entered his name in the Log just in case the Queen has another celebration in mind.

For the Jubilee, we will need three Skippers, three deck hands and three engineers. So far we have one Skipper, one Engineer and ME.

In a few weeks we will be taking the boat into the Solent on a short shakedown cruise. Our other craft CK69 Vanguard (a Dunkirk vessel in need of drastic overhaul), is being offered to any takers on the DLRT website under ships for sale.

Keeping an eye on GARTH - Click here http://www.bucklershard.co.uk/ and then click on View River webcam botom right (there is only one craft with a Gun on the foredeck)

Trust member: - Major Terence Mills - Get Well Soon.

From: John (Garth) Cook
Dear Friends at Christmas

It is cold and wet on the boat at this time, but the snow has kept away. Work continues below decks and in the engine room; we now have five independent bilge pumps which keep the boat fairly dry. The wheelhouse has been altered to gain more easily, access below to the cabins; the new freshwater supply to the kitchen sink is now working and the hand basin in the toilet will soon follow. Navigation lights are all working and the wireless is operational now that the mast head aerial has been repaired.

Work has been completed on the 2 Lb deck gun which has been much photographed by a steady stream of visitors (even at this late time of year). The deck is in need of painting for the third time this year to stop the drips of water into the cabins. We need to work on the search light and the circular windscreen wiper. The gear connections to both gearboxes need to be replaced in the engine room.

We have asked Mr Barry Kinch, a local engineer and engine builder, to join the boat. J.J. Engineering from Southampton Docks continue to help when needed.

A letter has been received from Lord Montagu inviting us to extend our stay for a further year which we are happy to accept. When one takes into account the rent we are paying for the Agememnon Mooring, £1,000 per annum and compares this with the rent previously charged in the sum of £12,000 p.a. for the same space,this represents a very large donation from his Lordship. on 19th November we put on an event in the Francis Chichester Room at Buckler's Hard,

A film of the restoration of HSL RAF 102 was shown and a general discussion with Q and A followed, we finished off with a Cream tea all for the cost of £5.50p pp. It was a great success, and has spurred us on to a second one probably in early March. We have asked Mr. Alan Watson from HMS Medusa, to give a talk on MLs, and other Launches from WW2, we also hope to have Mr. Don Rolland to include a piece on The Pearl River Incident in 1953.

The Trust asks for volunteers in the following fields;
Membership and Social Events Sec., Book keeper, Photographer, Publicity:- The Jubilee is in front of us and Garth is the only Military Vessel from the 40's able to lead the way in the Solent. (Medusa and MTB 102 will be with Her Majesty on the Thames).

Ladies don't be shy in coming forward to take on these roles; of course a FUNDRAISER would be a vast improvement on John Cook.

MGB 81 and HSL 102 are presently under care and maintenence at the Portsmouth Naval Dockyard and will be fully active from Spring 2012

Kind regards from Coastal Motorboat Heritage Trust

October 2011

Garth travels 200 miles and arrives at Buckler's Hard Hampshire

Some time ago we asked Lord Montagu of Beaulieu for a suitable mooring at Beaulieu, His Lordship responded and offered us the dock by the Picnic area at Buckler's Hard. PROBABLY THE MOST FAMOUS MOORING IN ENGLAND We arrived on 19th October and will take a few days to prepare our craft - then we will move to the dock. Our kindest regards and thanks to all those who helped us to bring this about,

Our first event will be an afternoon get together to welcome those who worked during and after the War at POWERBOAT at Hythe; afternoon tea in the Tea Rooms by the Main Car Park.

John Cook, Secretary Coastal Motorboat Heritage Trust

April 2011

GARTH almost ready for this year's events.

Dear Members and Friends,

Last night I returned from Canvey Island after two days of painting and work on the fuel tanks; another two or three man days and we will re-launch her. This year Peter Jackman (who worked on the restoration of HSL 102, RAF 1387 and RAF 1502) has joined me and added a more professional touch to the work. Earlier in the year Peter was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in Portsmouth, for his work at the Kings Theatre. He also works one day per week for The Rosemary Trust, a Charity Nursing care Trust.

Our programme for this year includes events in Sandwich, and the Stour River, Godwin Sands, English Channel, 'Casting on the Deep', wreathes for my Father and those others who want to remember their lost love ones. (last year on 6th June we cast 44 different wreathes and letters; including those from as far away as New Zealand). Sandwich to Teddington (about 150 miles) to lay at a private mooring by the Teddington Lock Footbridge, Ferry Road. Many thanks here to Peter Lash, Skipper and Jerry, Diesel Engineer. who covered 500 of our 600 miles travelled in the last twelve months. From Teddington, a few miles to Hammerton's Ferry where, last year we received a very warm welcome from the owner, this year his son will skipper our boat for a few trips through two or three locks to Hampton Court and back. All of our Members and friends will be welcome. Then to Beale Park Boat Show on 10th, 11th and 12th June 2011, with Peter Jackman at the helm. This will be a long journey up the non-tidal Thames, so if you are in need of a river trip this could be it. (Suggested Donation, £1 per mile). We have also been invited to return to Henley again this year, but last year we only managed £23 in donations from that event which covered only a quarter of the diesel used. Back to the English channel for the August Bank Holiday Event.

Last year, we visited nine separate events, from The Opening of a River Barge Club, to being moored alongside in the centre of the Medieval Town of Sandwich in Kent, where, during a three week stay, we were visited by Thousands of Holidaymakers and Townsfolk alike.

Early September, a possibility only.

A few weeks ago, with my Sons James and Nicholas, I visited the place where my Father John T' Cook DSM. RN., rests at Oostvorne in Holland. There I looked at the possibility of taking Garth to that wonderful village. Of course we would need a sponsor for the diesel, but I think it could be done. At any rate, I shall make contact with the War Graves Commission to see if they can give assistance.

On our return we would visit Dunkirk where my Father's ship HMS Cayton Wyke rescued from the beaches 603 Soldiers (a whole Regiment) and returned them safely to England. Alas, less than a fortnight later, the ship was torpedoed by an enemy E Boat and all hands were lost my Father's body washed ashore at Oostvorne.

John Cook. Sec. CMHT

 

January 2011

Maritime Museums, are they a thing of the past?
Deal Museum (in Kent) is in trouble over an adjoining property and is mostly closed.
Our Trust's connection with the County of Kent came about when this museum was used as a studio for a Film Company making a film about HMS Cayton Wyke and a member of her crew John Thomas Cook DSM RN KIA 1940 The following year, we arranged for MTB 102 to visit Deal, Ramsgate, Sandwich and Dover. We also donated a Dunkirk Little Ship to the Museum, where it rests today.
We had at that time a good relationship with the Ramsgate Maritime Museum but that has now closed down.

        


The Motorboat Museum in Basildon has also closed (the Ark Royal Captain's Boat was on show here till she was given to Mr. Phil Clabburn who had it towed to BMPT at Marchwood, she was restored there and gifted to Portsmouth when BMPT closed down).

Now that a period of financial cutbacks are to affect all corners of society, one can expect many many Museums to close. The National Lottery could help, but the are more interested in the "here today, gone tomorrow" Olympics than the lasting Heritage of our Nation. We must be grateful that Russia was chosen to hold the Football Cup or the Lottery would have spent untold millions on that.

Hopefully, we will be invited to Kent again this year, we have invitations to Beale Park on the Upper Thames, Richmond at Hammerton's Ferry, The Teddington Lock, and possibly again to TTBR at Henley. We intend to be at Westminster on 29th April for the Great Day and would like donations from those who would like to participate in the Celebrations.

We sent out our begging letter again this year to our seventy supporters but had donations from only seven. Both of our volunteers will receive their free TV Licences this year, so that will cheer us up.

John Cook. Sec. CMHT

May 2010

Dear Friends and Members,

This morning I awoke at 4am, I was cold, I had a rick in my neck and my pillow was wet. Dawn's early light lit up the fore cabin of RASC Garth as I made my way up the sloping cabin floor to sit in the dry on the opposite bunk. Last evening a steady stream of visitors came on board and many admired the accommodation and supposed my pleasure in living in such surroundings- how little they know! Yesterday we left Sandwich Town Quay where the boat has been moored for two weeks, and came a mile or two to a charming Yacht and Motor Club built around a large Dutch Barge. There were tented areas, a Bouncy Castle, food cooked on the 'spit' and a wonderful cake table (where I purchased a chocolate cake for a few pounds). The entertainment was provided by a threesome who played and sang 'sixties' music in a kind of Roy Orbeson manner, I liked it. Later in the evening we repaired to the surprisingly large bar on the Barge and watched the antics of the young and not so young at the Disco. My large glass of wine cost just £2.20, but as I had to walk to the boat without lighting, I decided that one was enough. I left the Barge and headed the two hundred yards to the moorings, it was raining heavily, I ate a piece of cake and went to bed. This was the most pleasant day, the vessel looked her best, she was 'dressed overall' the weapons were on their mountings and she was flying the British Army Ensign. Meeting so many people saying so many nice things was a delight.

John Cook. Sec. CMHT

April 2010
Tom Lash welcomed to the Committee by Trust Founder, John Cook

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February 2010
Pair of stainless steel rudder blades, donated to the Trust by GEA Pharma Systems
Picture shows Trust Sec. John Cook, receiving the rudders with our grateful thanks from Mr. Winton D. Stimson, representing GEA


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NEWS 5th February 2010

FILMING BBC 1 News   

Leave Buckler's Hard, Hampshire at 8-30 am, In the ever reliable seventy nine year old RAF 206. First the slow meandering 'descent' of the Beaulieu River then bursting out into the wide expanse of the Solent, the sudden roar from both engines, a long sweeping arc in our wash as the craft turns North to pass Cowes on our way to Portsmouth. The morning sun is up and the wafting clouds in the distance cause an apotheosis of colour to surprise the eye and gladden the heart on a cold, cold, morning. In three quarters of an hour, (at 25 knots), we are at Portsmouth.  

Pretty young uniformed ladies moved around with cups of coffee and packets of crisps, TIMES photographers on a plastic rubber dingy which looked fast and menacing and completely out of place in this group of historic WW2 vessels. We, (Robin and Phil Clabburn and the Stoker) mingle with the throng of about twenty VIPs... A BBC Cameramen buzzes around whilst men in black 'windcheaters' interview the great and the good: I notice in their number, Messrs. Goodship, Heighton, Rowbotham and Mrs McGuinness (Chairman of the National Lottery) but could not put a name to their companions. Searching amongst them all I at last spotted the wonderful WW2 skipper Jimmy Shadbolt, who after speaking for half an hour to The Times of London and the British Broadcasting Corporation, had time to talk about our Trust's Boat and his plan to attend an open day at our Clubhouse on Canvey Island in the Spring.    

Somehow, the twenty VIPS were shoehorned onto MGB81 whilst most of the camera team were shared between HSL102 and RAF 206. Phil and I were assigned to '102, Robin and a volunteer (a very bright and decent young man called Ed.), to 206 and the Harbour Master and his assistant to '81. We took off towards the Isle of Wight and the others followed. Wisely, Jimmy Shadbolt and his wartime crew member, declined the trip and opted for a local Hostelry instead. There followed three hours of hi jinks at sea, which by the time you read this report, you will have seen on BBC 1 on Tuesday morn (a larger clip on BBC South) and, story and pictures in the Times Tuesday Morning edition..    

More Coffee and crisps (do the great and the good eat Crisps)?  

And so, we all went home..... 

34miles in one hour - RAF 102 

Had the honour of taking '102' with Phil Clabburn, to her last resting place. It was a fast journey in a calmish wind and sea, I stayed on deck to whole journey. We were met by the Marina Master of the Gun Wharf Quays, and shortly afterwards by the VIPs. I had worked on the boat for three days. Now I am back to Canvey for a couple of days on our own boat. Gunboat 81 is booked to arrive at the same mooring at noon on Sunday, I also worked on her a couple of days recently.

John Cook