Monday, 22 August 2011

Historic TV Star at Trafalgar Wharf

In amongst the ocean girdling Velux 5 Oceans yachts and the carousel of super yachts that have graced Trafalgar Wharf of late, there's been one other very special guest with us recently.



High Speed Launch 102 is featured in ITV's current TV series "All At Sea" starring Mark Durden-Smith, Nick Hancock, Richard Madely, Dawn Porter and Rosemary Shrager.

HSL has a fascinating history - HSL 102 was one of the RAF 100 class High Speed Launches which joined the RAF fleet in 1937 to increase the operational range duties of the 200 class seaplane tenders. Built by The British Power Boat Company at Hythe, the 100 class HSLs were designed by Fred Cooper. The class were a stretched version of the 60ft MTB hull and the prototype was the format on which the RAF based their decision for a new type of high speed launch.

A full technical specification can be found on the warboats website here and details of her restoration programme are covered here.Here's a photo of her in action: