Air Sea Rescue Launch

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I have a friend who lives and works on the Solent, Plymouth. He states there is, up the Hamble, an ASR Launch, that is in a good state of repair. The number, he has stated is .....101...Thats all he can tell me, anyone live down there can shed any light as to whether there is indeed, this vessel moored up there, and if so, any idea as to it's history. Not being of any interest to him, he has not delved any further into the vessel, anyone any ideas please?. Jim. Lincoln .7
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Portsmouth, not Plymouth I should think http://www.mocgb.net/forums/images/smilies/yahoo/39.gif
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Well, Dr Strangelove, I can only go one what he told me, he lives and works ferrying large boats for those who berth in the Solent so you could be right I dropped a clanger, he lives in Southampton.NOT Plymouth. Thanks for putting the grey matter in place:) Jim. Lincoln .7
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Hi Newforest.Many thanks for putting the "News" you had obtained, on here. I think she is a marvelous piece of history, and when I read the first newspaper article felt, gutted!! I then read the 2nd one, and felt elated, that the old girl had been saved. I have only been one one of those boats, and she had 3 Thornycroft engines, and boy, could she move;). Its right what Moggy said on another Post of mine, re Lightship 72, again, yet another vessel again "D" day landings, Normandy, a great piece of History,BUT, where is she?. no one knows!! but as he stated, everyone wants to save the "Last 15 or so.....aircraft" but when it comes to ships or boats, no one wants to know. FFS we are a Nation of Sea Farers, we should go all out, and save these ships and little boats, that saved us, many times, in many cases.We waste enough of OUR taxes on shed loads of things we DON'T need. Jim. Lincoln .7
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The exciting part appears to be that they will be selling rides. Now that is an experience to equal Just Jane. I'll be in the queue. Moggy
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I just hope it's a LONG queue Moggs, just goes to show, we Brits CAN do things, providinng the motivation is there.:) Jim. Lincoln .7
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Blimey....blast from the past. I was once picked up by one of its sisters D92 after a night wet winching sortie with a Sea King went badly wrong. (winter 1980) Even remember the bloke who dragged me out the sea ('Tug' Wilson) Was given a coffee and a peanut butter sarnie and dropped off Alnmouth harbour. The S/K winchman had accidently 'noosed' the winch cable around his wrist when lifting out the sea and was rushed to hospital, leaving me two miles off the coast. I knew the ASR was in the area as we were due to do some deck winching but did not know how close. I could see the coast (lights) in the distance and (in a single man dingy) I rolled onto my belly and struck out for the shore. After about 30 minutes (and making a bit of progress), D92 had manouvred quietly between me and the shore and (without seeing) I simply swam right up to it! Happy days Baz
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So the only options were giving him £580,000 or he destroys the boat?
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That's a blackmail tactic familiar to us all here Moggy
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Quite. If he loves the boat so much and wants to see it preserved, he'd accept whatever he'll get from the scrappers from a museum or new private owner. I belong to a vintage car club and we get similar threats all the time. "Pay me XXX (usually 3 to 10 tems what it's really worth) or I'll scrap it". Okay then, would you take scrap value for it in order to save it? No, they want the full amount. Makes no sense.
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It looks like he is really struggling for money :D http://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/406833_10150550942134127_645474126_8962605_160022305_n.jpg http://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/293997_10150285914854127_645474126_7750591_6028691_n.jpg http://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/302475_10150341658504127_645474126_8140430_1367893198_n.jpg The market is so bad it looks like he doing another one! I wonder if he wants us to stump up £500k for that too? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AVteqykwg2o/T3y4Nk8NsXI/AAAAAAAAGYw/2CLLZdjCIR4/s1600/Phil+Cabburn-Seaplane+Tender+441.jpg
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I think John, there is more to this story than meets the eye. If it were my boat, I would try every avenue to KEEP it myself,not get rid, but as you so rightly say they would never accept the scrap value, Greed, pure greed.I hope it's right what Moggs states, they may give rides, and I am sure as is the same as the Panton Bros JUST JANE rides, and give one the greatest "Buzz" one could wish for. Jim. Lincoln .7
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ppp. He is so very obviously hard up, I think we should send him a food parcel :rolleyes: What a shame it's owned by such a greedy man. Hope 101 does a "Titanic" on him, or broaches on a very large wave;) Jim. Lincoln .7
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@Lincoln 7 Oh and I forgot to mention that doesn't appear to be his home, just another house he rents out. It would be quite good if it sank in port, gives someone else, preferably someone less greedy, a chance to recover and restore it.
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ppp. I would imagine there were quite a number of Aircrew who were shot down and rescued by these very craft, Spitfireman was but one, I wouldn't even start to consider how he felt, when he saw his boat coming to his rescue. This man obviously has never had the good fortune to ever have been rescued,otherwise he wouldn't even give a thought of selling it. Jim. Lincoln .7
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Spitfireman was but one, I wouldn't even start to consider how he felt, when he saw his boat coming to his rescue. Lincoln .7
....never saw it coming, it was pitch black. Just became aware of 'something' between me and the shoreline, just a few feet ahead. They were watching my self rescue attempt with night vision gear. I never felt in any danger and it just was 'another' adventure. However, for the briefest moment, it still gave me an insight to how lonely the North Sea was at night, whilst sat in a single man dingy, apparently alone. Baz
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Baz. I wonder what our lads who bailed out during the War, and ended up in the drink felt. The English Channel can be damned rough at times, apart from being shot down, I guess they would be bricking it, wondering if they would ever be found by the ASR Launches?. Anyone ever written a book about these unsung heros?. Jim. Lincoln .7

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I was looking for this boat in the Thames flotilla. I had assumed it would make an appearance. I did see what looked like an MTB. I was dissapointed that the BBC didn't give a few more details of more of the participating ships, boats. I will have to keep my eyes open for the rides in the ASRLaunch.
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I saw a piece about it broadcast by the Beeb before the flotilla set off Moggy
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