HMS Gay Archer (P1041)

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Gay Archer, restored in Watchet harbour, England
Career RN Ensign
Name: HMS Gay Archer
Builder: Vosper & Company
Launched: 20 August 1952
Fate: Sold in 1963, currently in private ownership.
General characteristics
Class & type: Gay class fast patrol boat
Displacement: 50 tons
Length: 75ft 2ins
Beam: 20ft 1in
Draught: 4ft 2ins
Propulsion: 3x Packard 4M-2500 marine engines
Speed: 43 knotts
Complement: 12
Armament: 2 x 21in Torpedo Tubes with Twin Oerlikons, later replaced by a single 40mm Bofors Mk 7
Notes: Pennant = P1041

HMS Gay Archer (P1041) was a Gay-class fast patrol boat of the Royal Navy. She was built by Vosper, Portchester, and launched on 20 August 1952.

History[edit]

She was the first of twelve vessels of the Gay class fast patrol boats. Whilst on delivery from Vosper to the Royal Navy, her hull was punctured.[1] During her time with the Royal Navy, she was nearly sunk on two occasions. Whilst in Aarhus Harbour, Denmark on 18 May 1953 she was alongside MTB P1023, which caught fire and exploded.[2] The second occasion happened when she was returning to Southsea after a search and rescue mission. She fouled a submerged broken boom defence pylon and her casing was holed, she was saved by an admiralty tug which responded to her Mayday.

End of RN service[edit]

During the 1950s she operated with submarine detection equipment, and prior to being sold, she operated out of Malta. She was sold to Cottness Iron Co., Wishaw on 24 July 1963.[3]

Restoration[edit]

She has been gradually restored since 2005 by Paul Childs,[4] and was bought for the sum of just £1.[5]

Seen on the 16th October 2012 in the Harbour at Watchet - Somerset

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Gay Class Fast Patrol Boats
  2. ^ "MTB Explodes and Sinks". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer (32977) (British Newspaper Archive). 18 May 1953. p. 1. Retrieved 5 July 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Oldships.org.uk HMS Gay Archer
  4. ^ HMS Gay Archer Leaves the Quays
  5. ^ Watchet Boat Owners Association - MTB HMS Gay Archer