is one of few surviving motor torpedo boats
that served with the Coastal Forces of the Royal Navy
in the Second World War
. She was built as the Vosper Private Venture Boat
as a prototype, but was purchased and taken into service by the Admiralty.
Designed by Commander Peter Du Cane CBE
, the Managing Director of Vosper Ltd
, in 1936. She was completed and launched in 1937, she was bought by the Admiralty
and taken into service with the Royal Navy as MTB 102
, the 100 prefix denoting a prototype vessel.
She had an all-wood hull, described as "double diagonal Honduras mahogany
on Canadian rock elm
Besides the torpedoes
she was built with, depth charges
, machine guns
and the Swiss Oerlikon 20 mm anti-aircraft
cannon were all tested on her.MTB 102
was the fastest wartime British naval vessel in service at 48 knots.
From 1939 to 1940 she was stationed in the English Channel
. During Operation Dynamo
(the evacuation from Dunkirk
, May–June 1940) she crossed the channel eight times and acted as flagship for Rear Admiral Wake-Walker
when his ship was disabled.
In 1943 she was part of 615 Water Transport Company RASC
and was renamed Vimy
In 1944 she carried Winston Churchill
and General Eisenhower
to review the fleet for Operation Overlord
, the invasion of Normandy.
was sold off after the war, and converted to a private motor cruiser on the North Sea
. Around 1965 she was sold on and partially converted... Read More