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Everything what we know about a Trinity House boarding boats

Great thanks to Andrew Adams and Hugh Ferguson for pictures and whole informations.

Boarding Boat 1930 - 1945
18ft Boarding Boat with canvas "dodger"


First purpose built Trinity House Motor Boat, completed by Groves & Gutteridge of Cowes in January 1930. First was fitted to THPV Brook and THPV Gurnard
Made by Mr. R E Sander, former Superintendent of Pilots at Harwich, who made the study of Trinity House pilotage history a lifetimes work
Boarding Boat 1946 - 1959
18" Boarding Boat c1946



By 1946 the earlier '30s built boats had acquired an additional canvas screen to protect the crew. Extra guard rails had been added and electric navigation light fitted. Heavy manila fendering, first introduced on the Cowes built boats in 1942 was also fitted.
Made by Mr. R E Sander, former Superintendent of Pilots at Harwich, who made the study of Trinity House pilotage history a lifetimes work
Boarding Boat 1960 - 1985
18" Boarding Boats c1985


The final series of boarding boats appeared in the early 1969s. This shows the boats carried by THPV Pathfinder in her final years of service. The orange colour was adopted about 1982. The manila fendering had been replaced by D section rubber and all the boats had air cooled diesel engines, unlike the petrol engined boats of the earlier series.
Made by Mr. R E Sander, former Superintendent of Pilots at Harwich, who made the study of Trinity House pilotage history a lifetimes work
Boats Nos. 32, 40 & 41
Just interesting advertisement. In such a way almost all Trinity House Pilot Boarding Boats disappeared. Who can have them? If they are still alive? Most probably no...


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