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HSL 142

Printed From: BMPT Forum
Category: General Discussion
Forum Name: Where Are Those Boats Now
Forum Description: Tell everybody where those old boats are
Printed Date: 19 February 2019 at 6:39am

Topic: HSL 142
Posted By: Pledg
Subject: HSL 142
Date Posted: 28 January 2018 at 9:38am
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?

Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 28 January 2018 at 3:43pm
Hi there,

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


Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 02 February 2018 at 4:01pm
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back deck lending them the Whaleback name (sometimes called a Type 2 HSL). 142 and 149 were both part of an order originally made by the South African Air Force, but the boats were requisitioned by the British government and taken on as RAF boats.


Posted By: phil
Date Posted: 16 January 2019 at 10:11am
Just to let you all know the fate of 142 , she was cut up by the very same organisation you are all part of , the BMPT ! 43 ‘ RSL 1664 , a 16 ft BPBCo planing dingy suffered the same fate , as did others . In my view this was an appalling act of vandalism by an organisation set up to save them . 142 was probably the RAFs most photographed boat and could have easily been restored , but a box of matches prevented that from happening! What a sight she would be today alongside 102 and 81 .

Posted By: ASR1255
Date Posted: 16 January 2019 at 6:46pm
Completely agree with you Phil glad I’ve stood by my guns and kept mine safe till I can do her justice myself


Posted By: phil
Date Posted: 16 January 2019 at 8:31pm
Which model do you have ? 1255 must be a pinnace. A group of us are circumnavigating the U.K. in 441 next year for charity. The bmpt trustees should have been held to account for what they did .

Posted By: ASR1255
Date Posted: 17 January 2019 at 8:26pm
Hi Phil yes it’s pinnace 1255 “mistra” 60 ft 3 legged I have spoken to you many times over the years I used to have the 200 class that the Pembroke Sunderland trust have aswell I gave it to them I knew when I got my pinnace it would be an extremely long term project but she’s mine lol eventually I’m going to copy you and epoxy her


Posted By: ASRsteve
Date Posted: 07 February 2019 at 9:24pm
Hello Paul
    would this be the picture of HSL149 you were talking about? My Dad was on it when the photo was taken! Think we need to get in touch with each other. I am on 
Steve Hale. Oxfordshire

My father (95 and counting) served the whole of WW2 in the RAF Air Sea Rescue service on HSLs on the North Sea and English Channel. Researching.

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