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Just thought I'd inform everyone that this thread ( and forum ) have now attracted the attention of our American cousins . Sorry .

It would be nice to hear from you boys , so stop just looking , and say hello .

To get back on track though , is there any way she can be saved ?

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Hi guys,

How is the West Mersea boat doing..any progress..??

 

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Hi Guys,

I've been working on it.......

I've spoken to David Mills a shipwright who works in David Clarks Boatyard and instructed him to have a look at her to see if her hull could be made watertight(ish) enough to float off at a high tide.

The next high tide is 14th but that is way too soon. If it's feasible to patch her, we'll take it from there and get a cost for getting her patched for a tow.

I've spoken to Mr Burke who was a radio operator on a HSL during the war.  He has asked his ASR friends to see if they can take her and to see if they know of any others still sirviving.

They (ASR association)  are having an AGM  in a few days so hopefully they may come up with some good ideas or resources.

We'll see what happens.....

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote trevera25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2006 at 11:33am

Excellent news Don , you had me worried for a while . Count me in for any help I can provide , and good luck .

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forgive my ignorance Richard, which is which, I see the 42 knot german MTB on Ebay at the moment was "sold for scrap", why may I ask was it sold for scrap and not preserved, is there something wrong with it? What about the british MTB I saw there, is that the oine you refer to as being of unknown/disputed ownership?

 

 

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Hi,

The german (Blue) was arrested by HMC many years ago in connection with drug running.

She then belonged to the Crown, and purchasing was difficult.

We tried to get her, but the financial implicatioons of running 4 x 12cyl MTUs beat all financial efforts, so the then owners let her go for scrap.

That is where she now stands as far as I know.

She is specialist boat, and needs considerable spent to get her working.

Alternatively, strip her engines and have a super live abprd boat, going nowhere.

 

The boat alongside her, the white one, is the MFV.

I cannot see a third boat..?

 

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So when the Ebay ad says "one engine runs, other 3 will do" this will need a lot of work, it's not simply a get in  and go proposition, how much would those engine's cost to run, I know 2 merlins take 1.5 gallons per min, so I guess those are 1.5 times that each, maybe a bit less due to being diesel. When I looked, albeit from the Itchen bridge I could see the back of what looked like 2 MTB's, may be wrong, they're a way away.

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Re HSL145

Some small progress:

ASR  members are trying to find a shed/berth for her so they can own her.

I think I've found a local chap with a lighter and a tug that is big enough to take her. They sink the lighter and in theory, at high tide, 145 could float onto the lighter for transport.

Shipwright not too optimistic but says it is 'doable'  If she was pulled 20 yards forward, she would be on hard ground and not in the mud.  Any remedial work could be done there so she could hopefully float.

Am trying to track down the owner who has abandoned her.

The Boatyard owner back from holidays next week. I'll get the gen then re owner/ownership.


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I'd offer 1000 for the 4xMTU's, just  in case someone wants a houseboat and thay are in the way!!



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I believe the owner is  a Mr L (Lewis) Crump of 43 Chapel Road Burnham-On-Crouch Essex CM0 8JD.  

Does anyone have a local phonebook who could find me the number? 

It may be ex-directory of course...  Mind you, they've just applied for a Single Storey Rear Extension in May 2006 so they must still live there.   Amazing what you can find on the internet.....

If a number cannot be found, I'll try writing a letter (if I can remember how).

If anyone else would like to help in any way, please feel free to join in...



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