Built for the Royal Navy in 1942, Motor Gun Boat 81 was one of the fastest boats of her type in the world. Alongside her sister vessels, she was involved in action in the English Channel, attacking enemy torpedo boats and landing secret agents on occupied soil. The only restored and operational example of a Royal Navy Coastal Forces MGB, she’s at the top of her game.
MGB 81 – 40 minute trips
Boathouse 4 is a new attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, combining an exciting interactive exhibition, traditional boatbuilding training, and a brasserie overlooking the harbour all under one roof. This attraction is free to enter.
The Boathouse was restored and opened to the public with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Regional Growth Fund.
On the ground floor of Boathouse 4, the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth, and Highbury College Portsmouth teach traditional boatbuilding skills and marine engineering. On the upper floor The Forgotten Craft exhibition tells the incredible story of small boats in the British Navy, including the display of several small craft. The exhibition overlooks the main workshop, so visitors can watch real boatbuilding in action.