John Lawrence

John Lawrence

Posted on 06/05/2018


Photo taken on May 21, 2015



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Boats and Ships

MTB 102 Dunkirk Litte Ship

MTB 102 Dunkirk Litte Ship 

No 11 in my series
MTB's (Motor Torpedo Boats) were developed to be able to mount a quick response to threats from any sea-going vessel, either warship or submarine. MTB 102 was designed under the designation 'Vosper private venture boat' by Commander Peter du Cane CBE, Managing Director of Vosper Ltd., in 1936. She was completed and launched in May 1937 and ran trials on The Solent. When she was bought by the Admiralty and brought into service she was called MTB 102 (the 100 prefix denotes a prototype vessel), and 102 was actually the first MTB of the modern era. She was crewed by two officers and eight men and during 1939 and 1940 she saw active service mainly in the English Channel. During 'Operation Dynamo', the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force, she crossed the Channel no less than seven times. When the destroyer 'Keith' was disabled by a bomb from a Stuka dive-bomber, MTB 102 was used by Rear Admiral Wake-Walker as his flagship for the last two nights of the operation. (As she carried no Rear Admirals flag, one of the crew made one from a Navy dishcloth so that MTB 102 proudly flew the 'proper' flag!) MTB 102 was the third to last warship to leave Dunkirk.

In 1943, she was transferred to 615 Water Transport Company, R.A.S.C. and renamed 'Vimy'. In 1944 she carried Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower to review the ships assembled on the South Coast for the D-Day landings and so saw both the end of the desperate evacuation of the British Forces from Europe and the start of their determined return. At the end of the war MTB 102 was sold off along with most other small Naval craft. She was converted to a private motor cruiser, fitted with two Perkins P6 Diesel engines, and used around the North Sea. After twenty years she was resold and in 1976 was found by a Norfolk Scout Group whilst being converted into a houseboat. She was in need of a lot of attention, but was saved by them from an ignominious fate.

In 1976, Kelso Films agreed to refurbish '102 as a World War II MTB for the film 'The Eagle Has Landed' and returned her as a fully operational sea-going vessel. She also took part in a Dutch film called 'Soldier Of Orange'. 1986 saw her honoured by an inspection by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on the occasion of the launch of her 50th Anniversary Appeal and she also starred in the Channel 4 series 'Classic Ships'.

Rough weather during the 1990 return exposed the need for further extensive strengthening and reinforcement to the hull and en-route to the VJ celebration in 1995 the port engine failed and the trip was abandoned. In 1996, the diamond anniversary of her design, Cummins Marine supplied new 'Diamond Series' Diesels to take her into her seventh decade. MTB 102 is one of the very few World War II Royal Navy vessels still afloat and is thought to be the only Royal Navy vessel involved in the evacuation that has survived.

Seen here leaving Ramsgate for Dunkirk in 2015

With thanks to adls website and the MTB-102 Trust.


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7 comments - The latest ones
Ruth
Ruth
Wonderful shot and lots of info John, a good read.
4 months ago.
Ruth
Ruth
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting Aeroplanes and Boats
4 months ago.
Ruth
Ruth
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Dunkirk Little Ships
4 months ago.
Ruth
Ruth
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
4 months ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Superb documentary John, I am enjoying this series quiet a lot.
4 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Superb maritime shot!

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4 months ago.
Jean
Jean
Lovely to see. My cousin was in the navy and at Dunkirk.
4 months ago.