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Foredeck looking aft

This view is taken from the forepeak hatch looking aft on the starboard side. The cowl vents are original but the galley stove vent, visible at the front port side of the wheelhouse was made by my Father. The radio mast was originally a 'launch boom' for a cruiser to enable launched boats to be kept moored alongside their parent vessle when in harbour thereby kept and ready to hand. The boom made a very handy mast which also supported the telephone wires.

The non-slip deck slats can also be seen, these are detailed below.


Wheelhouse and name from Starboard
The letters were cut out of solid brass by my Father

The wheelhouse is the original one fitted when she was laid down as a Motor Gun Boat 132.

When she was re-designated to a Motor Torpedo Boat 451, two 18 in. mounted torpedo tubes were fitted, one either side of the wheelhouse; on her port and starboard stern quarters she had depth charge racks and a central quadruple Lewis Gun mount right aft amidships.


Wheelhouse from Starboard side

This view of the starboard side of the wheelhouse shows where part of the bridge had been removed before we bought her.

On the deck can be seen some of the wooden 'slats' that my Father laid over canvas, which had in itself been laid onto the original deck with a good mixture of paint 'sludge', the canvas and slats was painted grey.

The end result was a totally waterproofed non-slip deck.

View towards Lymington Quay from Linnette
View from front of wheelhouse
This view is looking towards Lymington Quay from in front of Linnette's wheelhouse. Immediately in front is Thornycroft ex-RAF Air/Sea Rescue Launch 2512, on which my schoolpal, ( see page 3) John Dickinson and his parents lived. Ahead of 2512 lies moored the "Swift", a Thames Spritsail Barge and immediately left-centre, part of the wreck of a WW1 Motor Launch (ML) of the Dover Patrol type.
Air Sea Rescue Launch 2512 and Linnette
Photograph taken by John Dickinson showing his Boat, 2512, with Linnette astern of her, both adjacent to the "Skylark" Garage.

Note the ice on the river which, even though it was tidal and had a large rise and fall, was still able to be frozen.

Inside the Wheelhouse facing aft showing
the companionway.

The inside of the wheelhouse was light and airy and where we often had our meals in the summer months.

The ships wheel was given to my Father and we originally intended to make it into a coffee table with a glass top, it did not happen


Saloon, looking forward with doorway
into the forepeak.

Interior of the Saloon, or in landsman's terms, Loungeroom.

The interior of the boat was lined with plywood sheets and given many coats of paint.

This view is looking forward through the connecting sliding door into the forpeak cabin and forward toilet.

The Saloon was 18 feet wide and 20 feet long.


Saloon looking aft, showing the antracite
stove for heating, and the door to the galley.

At the after of the Saloon lay the two-part galley, or kitchen, with one section containing the calor gas stove, the large bottle of gas lasting about a month to six weeks, and the other a long gallery which had the fresh water tank, sink, cupboards and food preparation area.

The galley was lit by three portholes and a top hatchlight which could also be opened in summer for more ventilation.



Through the porthole.

The original small portholes were replaced by much larger ones in the saloon as well as the cabins and galley areas. They were solid brass and were also polished to a high degree.

This view shows the sheds of the Berthon Boat Company visible in the background beyond the bridge which carries the railway line leading from Lymington Town Station to Lymington Pier.

My Father was later to work at Berthon Boat Co. as Chandler.

Lymington
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