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    Posted: 10 July 2009 at 3:16pm

Whilst down in the west country of England, Somerset to be precise, several years ago I was walking around a very picturesque harbour at Watchet. I looked over the harbour wall down into the marine and was surprised to see a 40mm Bofors gun right below me. I was then even more surprised to look to the sides and see the rest of a Gay class Motor Torpedo Boat, built from 1952-54. This particular one is 'Gay Archer'.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/roblangham/432877639/

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Hi Rob,
 
Great shot of Gay Archer great restoration of a post war coastal forces vessel, one of the last for the UK, some talk a while back now of her coming to Bristol, would be nice as I am often in Bristol following the Medway Queen re-build.
 
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Hi  yes great photo she looks fantastic...   even the bird on the wall is having a good look!
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Indeed Paul, coastal forces craft have a wide following! now word on possible Bristol move, still interested to know, be great to see her one day. Many thanks,
 
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The ex HMS Gay Archer at Watchet September 2009. An Engine is out  being rebuilt (stripped down). She is moored away from her usual berth. You may just notice a Flare Launcher on the Port side aft of Bridge. Image courtesy of R. Hellyer.
 
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Hi there,
 
Many thanks for the picture,
 
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