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    Posted: 30 November 2007 at 11:49am

Can anyone enlighten me with this?

What looks like a MASB and a moored medical station (for downed Pilots?) there seems to be civilian personnel aboard.

 

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I have a page from motorboat and yachting june 1942 (an article on MASB '32) there is a picture of one of these craft. The description of the picture reads  'A rescue float near the Goodwin Sands' while in the text it says 'A red and yellow refuge float'

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masbie something in the water.   www.freewebs.com/masb32/
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Thank you Clive,

I am wondering whether this may be a 'test', I note the prow of another craft and that civilians are about - an intriguing shot - not too sure of the White Ensign - could that be an RAF Jack?

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He has the look of one of them ther' Boffins unless he is from the Secret Services, could be an Agent re S as in S32 Clive
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On reflection they look more like Builders reps or  Test people as Pioneer indicated, it looks like a Navy crew to me. 
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That’s defiantly one of the emergency life rafts that were station around the coast. The idea being that any plane unable to make it home would ditch near one of these and wait for the crew to be picked up.

I believe the only air man ever rescued from one of these was German!

They were painted bright yellow. The Scottish maritime museum has one of the last remaining examples in their car park.

Perhaps this is at wars end and their bringing it back in?

Alternatively perhaps its being deployed.

Also if this was shot at sea then there must have been at least 3 craft. Well unless the photographer could walk on water.



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Note how someone’s jumped aboard and checked below before mooring her alongside to allow the boffins access.

Perhaps its routine check and re-supply drop with some ‘boffins’ along to see how its holding up.

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Thank you gentlemen - settled a few answers - definately a moored Rescue Craft then - I wonder how many there were dotted around the Coast?

I would not think this being at the War's end - the MASB appears to be lightly armed - but it could be being deployed or - considering the civilians - under Trials?

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English ones were apparently known as 'Cuckoos' and German ones were called 'Lobster pots'.

The one in the photo is apparently ASR 10  and there were three 'Cuckoos' located off Great Yarmouth , serviced by Gorleston ASR craft.


Source ' Crash Boats of Gorleston'  by Tony Oliver. 
ISBN 1-903953-84-7   £10  from Woodfield Publishing.

A great read.

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Hi all,

 

Very interesting piece above, had heard about these things before. How is 32 coming along?,

 

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