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    Posted: 28 January 2018 at 9:38am
Hi,
What ever happened to the hull of HSL142 which is displayed on you website as being owned by Mick Dent? My grandfather served with 27 ASRU out of Dover/Ramsgate. I have a photo of him on HSL149 out of Ramsgate. If I'm correct HSL102 which was restored recently was the earlier model and not a "Whaleback". Are there any Whalebacks in existence restored and what is the current state of HSL142?
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Hi there,

Most interesting, not sure re HSL 142 but yes HSL 102 was restored a while back and now lives at Portsmouth historic dockyard..be great to see the photo if you wish on the forum, all the best,

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Hi Paul,
I can't help with 142's present state, but I can confirm that HSL 102 is an earlier model (64 foot sometimes called a 100 class launch or a Type 1 HSL) whilst 142 and 149 were 63 foot boats with the distinctive hollow back deck lending them the Whaleback name (sometimes called a Type 2 HSL). 142 and 149 were both part of an order originally made by the South African Air Force, but the boats were requisitioned by the British government and taken on as RAF boats.
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