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rdave Vosper Fibre Glass Sweepers


Strawballs

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rdave asked me if I knew about the GRP sweepers build by Vosper Thornycroft.

I actually spent 6 years in the GRP at Woolston between 1996 - 2002.

Yes they did build a lot of sweepers for the RN 2 different types MCMV's Mine counter measure vessels and the later Sandown Class of SRMH

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Woolwell

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It depends when it was in the 1950's this type of boat was at Felixstowe. I think that it was constructed of mahogany hard chine.

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Strawballs

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Vospers built a lot of MTB's during the war. The then owner of the company (I think it was Cmdr Ducane) went to the MOD just before the war with the design for them and they were not interested so he built a handful of them as stock, after the war started the MOD came back to him and asked how quickly he could make them. He said he had some they could have now just need the torpedo launchers fitted.

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morddwyd

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I think if the FE was talking about "huge" (even to a child) boats, possibly MTBs, the he probably saw HSLs, High Speed Launches, not RSLs, Range Safety Launches, which were rather tame by comparison!

http://www.bmpt.org.uk/otherboatshistory/High%20Speed%20Launches/HSL2688_HSL2745.htm

I served on 2688 (top picture).

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