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Dog Boat MTB 683

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Category: General Discussion
Forum Name: Where Are Those Boats Now
Forum Description: Tell everybody where those old boats are
Printed Date: 24 June 2018 at 4:44am

Topic: Dog Boat MTB 683
Posted By: Pioneer
Subject: Dog Boat MTB 683
Date Posted: 15 June 2006 at 10:24pm

The disintegration of MTB 683 inevitably continues - this shot was taken on the 15th June 2006 showing the further ravishes of time. Built as an MTB July 1943, transfered to RAF May 1945 - fitted out as Long Range Rescue Craft - LRRC 030. Destroyed by fire (after being converted to a Restaurant) Lying at Chatham UK

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Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 16 June 2006 at 8:01am


Did not know that the Chatham D had been converted to a resturant, well, would have been different, but perhaps it was thought it would not be viable, and someone left the chip pan on!


John Kempton 


Posted By: Pioneer
Date Posted: 16 June 2006 at 12:09pm

Hello John

The 'Restaurant' story came from talking to the Garage owner shown in the previous set of pictures (on page 1 of "Any Dog Boats Still Around" - Forum Topic started by member 'Jim'). Not quite sure of what changes to the interior were made but several major Bulkheads were left in situ so any seating arrangements would have been 'comfy' I would guess - maybe one of our readers may have had a meal on board?

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Posted By: jimmy p
Date Posted: 17 January 2007 at 6:43am


 Would it be worth stripping and leaving in a barn?

 Don't think another D likely to show up & who knows, one day people may actually value these boats?

 After all, the SS Great Britain was a total wreck 25yrs ago. look at it now

A boat is a hole in the water surrounded by wood, into which one throws money

Posted By: johnk
Date Posted: 18 January 2007 at 8:00am


Just posted under Google earth re D etc, well, might be a few bits worth having need to go and have a look at low water sometime, on a more positive note, talked about trying to get shall we say, more whole vessels saved! perhaps along the Dunkirk little ships lines, although a number have been lost and are lying abandoned about, there are quite a number saved mostly in private hands, I mentioned the BMPT and the new centre at Poole, and I know they have tried to co-ordinate with others in the past. As ever, I should say that there is sterling work being done on vessels now, ie MTB 102, Medusa and MGB 81, 



Posted By: 3879keith
Date Posted: 16 August 2017 at 11:49am
such a shame to see such a historic MTB left to rot the boat that John Provost "Polly" Perkins was awarded his second DSC on in 1944

Posted By: ASR1255
Date Posted: 16 August 2017 at 8:12pm
Some of it does live on I have both bow fairleads to be reused on my pinnacle when I eventually get that far lol


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