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HMS Gay Archer


In 1952 the Royal Navy started taking delivery of the Gay Class of Type B Fast Patrol Boats. P1041, Gay Archer, was the first of twelve boats that made up the class, armed with torpedo tubes and a 40mm Bofors Gun on the foredeck, she spent her time with the Coastal Defence Force during the Cold War between 1952 and 1961.

Eventually she passed into private hands and was rebuilt to almost her original specification over a number of years. Although she now has three bedrooms, a recreational area and a bar below decks, she is now berthed in Watchett Harbour.



HMS Gay Archer


In 1952 the Royal Navy started taking delivery of the Gay Class of Type B Fast Patrol Boats. P1041, Gay Archer, was the first of twelve boats that made up the class, armed with torpedo tubes and a 40mm Bofors Gun on the foredeck, she spent her time with the Coastal Defence Force during the Cold War between 1952 and 1961.

Eventually she passed into private hands and was rebuilt to almost her original specification over a number of years. Although she now has three bedrooms, a recreational area and a bar below decks, she is now berthed in Watchett Harbour.



comments (5)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Jul 2010, 07:07
Ahh - I've seen this craft at Watchet Alan: thank you for providing the history. I doubt if they'd pick this class name in 2010...
Les Auld: So do I Chris, a different age. Thanks for the comment.
Still looks a fine boat Les.
Les Auld: She sure does Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 9 Jul 2010, 11:37
good looking craft thanks for the history
Les Auld: Fine lines indeed Vintage, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jul 2010, 22:11
Yes, in the '60's the reference to Gay Paris meant it was a happy place to be. Quite interesting how the meaning of a word changed, or at least got an additional meaning.
I remember when I did my national service, we trained on a boat very similar to this one. We were even allowed to take it out to sea or a huge lagune for recreational purposes on an off weekend.
Les Auld: It always amazes me just how language changes over time Louis, thanks for the comment.
Interesting to see that someone has kept it looking authentic Les.
Les Auld: On the outside at least Ron, thanks for the comment.

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