HSL 102, is the only surviving 100 class high-speed launch, and is capable of up to 40 knots. Come and experience her speed in an exhilarating 40-minute trip.  There is even the opportunity to take the helm at the discretion of the Skipper.

At the show Friday 10th – Sunday 12th

HSL 102, commissioned in 1936, is the only 100 class high-speed launch to survive. Capable of a speed of up to 40 knots, 102 took part in the Battle of Britain and together with her fellow launches, rescued more than 13,000 airmen from the sea. HSL 102 herself saved 38 aircrew in 1941 as she patrolled the English Channel during the Battle of Britain, and as a result received a visit from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The inspiration behind these RAF rescue craft was Aircraftsman T E Shaw (better known as Lawrence of Arabia), The dimensions of the launch were 64 LOA with a beam of 14 ft 6 inches, and powered by a trio of Napier Sea Lion engines originally. The range was 500 miles at a speed of 39 knots. The two wing engines were inclined to drive directly to the outboard propeller shafts, whilst the centre engine faced the opposite direction and transmitted via a Vee-drive to

the centre propeller. This arrangement allowed for “cruising” on the centre engine only, a range extending economy measure which retained a high degree of manoeuvrability.

Today HSL102 is maintained by the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust.

HSL 102, commissioned in 1936, is the only 100 class high speed launch to survive. Capable of a speed of up to 40 knots, 102 took part in the Battle of Britain and together with her fellow launches, rescued more than 13,000 airmen from the

sea. HSL 102 herself saved 38 aircrew in 1941 as she patrolled the English Channel during the Battle of Britain, and as a result received a visit from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The inspiration behind these RAF rescue craft was Aircraftsman T E Shaw (better known as Lawrence of Arabia), The dimensions of the launch were 64 LOA with a beam of 14 ft 6 inches, and powered by a trio of Napier Sea Lion engines originally. The range was 500 miles at a speed of 39 knots. The two wing engines were inclined to drive directly to the outboard propeller shafts, whilst the centre engine faced the opposite direction and transmitted via a Vee-drive to

the centre propeller. This arrangement allowed for “cruising” on the centre engine only, a range extending economy measure which retained a high degree of manoeuvrability.

Today HSL102 is maintained by the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust.

 

Schedule:

Trip 1     1030-1110

Trip 2     1130-1210 (not on the Saturday)

Trip 3     1300-1340

Trip 4     1400-1440

Trip 5     1500-1540

Trip 6     1600-1640

Trip 7     1700-1740

 

Accommodates 9 passengers

 

Cost:

£45 for adult

Minimum passengers = 3

 

Terms and Conditions:

  1. The trip will depend on suitable prevailing weather conditions and may be curtailed or cancelled at any time by PNBPT or the Skipper, taking into account the forecast or prevailing conditions.
  2. The trip may be curtailed after commencement if the Skipper decides that the weather or other conditions have deteriorated to the extent that the safety and/or comfort of passengers and crew is at risk.
  3. The boat will be under the command of the Skipper at all times.
  4. Passengers will only be allowed to take the helm at the discretion of and under the guidance of the Skipper.
  5. Smoking is prohibited whilst onboard the boat.
  6. Alcohol may not be consumed onboard.
  7. Lifejackets will be provided by PNBPT and must be worn always.
  8. The Skipper is responsible for the safety of the boat and for the comfort of passengers at all times.  Therefore, a reasonable standard of dress is requested, bearing in mind it can be cooler and windier at sea than on shore, and the boats have limited cover in the event of wet weather.  Passengers should be aware of the possibility of tripping on the landing stage or on the boat if wearing shoes with slippery soles or high heels.  Stiletto heels are not permitted on board as they can cause damage to the decks.
  9. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  10. Children under the age of 10 will not be considered for passage.
  11. PNBPT reserves the right to decline boarding to any passenger considered to be unfit to take the trip, or who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

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