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Spitfires of the Sea: Coastal Forces of the Second World War

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Boathouse 4

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Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth

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Spitfires of the Sea: Coastal Forces of the Second World War and Hampshire's Contribution to Their Success

During the Second World War, the Motor Torpedo Boats, Motor Gun Boats and Motor Launches of Coastal Forces operated from numerous harbours and estuaries around Britain's coast. Striking at enemy shipping in the North Sea and Channel, it was their tireless efforts that helped clear the seas in advance of Operation Overlord.

Many of the 2,000 small boats that served in the Royal Navy can trace their lineage back to the boatyards of Hampshire, and it was here that two of the most prolific builders – Vosper and British Power Boat – turned out the small craft that helped turn the tide in the Channel.

This one-hour talk, by Steve Fisher, looks at the important contribution that Coastal Forces made to the war, the role of the Solent’s boatyards and the legacy of their work that can still be seen today. After the talk attendees may visit the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust's restored and seaworthy MGB81 on the pontoon next to Boathouse 4.

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