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    Hello! I'm a new boy!

    I am interested to find out information about the British Power Boat Company's high speed launches, especially the RAF ASRL "whaleback" type. I am researching the company's boats wartime service, this includes MGBs and MTBs, and now especially the very distinctive boats with the pronounced sheer, with the intention of producing a book.

    I have a personal interest because my late Father was Chief Storekeeper (i.e Chandler) at the Company' Poole yard, though most of the pre and early wartime vessels were built at the Hythe Yard on Southampton Water.

    I particularly want to get photographs of these vessels and though I contacted the RAF Museum, I understand that due to MOD instructions the Photographic Section has closed so it is not posible to be able to buy them.

    I would appreciate any assistance that members of this forum feel able to give.

    Maritime (Ian)

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    Ian,
    Have you seen the following web site?
    http://www.asrmcs-club.com/welcome.htm

    Robert

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    Hi Ian, In Newhaven Museum (Sussex)we have a good collection of photos of various boats as well as several books on the development of ASR and the craft. PM me and let me know what you want , I shall be in there Saturday so can have a look through if we are not too busy. Pete

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    Thanks for your comments, much appreciated and will do!

    Ian

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    Visit the Flight Magazine archives at

    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/search.aspx

    Search for "power boat" and you will get a perhaps useful collection of contemporary 1940's advertisements for their products and perhaps some articles as well.

    For example and not related to your subject area:

    "POWER Fast Armoured Target Boat"

    "Built to be Bombed"

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    Dennis
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    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Ian,
    Have you searched the National Archives? I found 29 hits by putting in "British Power Boat".

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/search.asp?j=1

    Hope this helps,

    Bruce

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    Hello Ian

    A book of interest to you would be “Sailors in the RAF: Story of the Marine Branch of the Royal Air Force” by Keith Beardow (Patrick Stephens 1993) ISBN 1 85260 407 7
    It is available on Amazon from £45 to £200 !!!
    You may be able to borrow a copy from your local library though, as I did 4 years ago.
    I have more info and photos available if you PM me.

    Cheers
    Richard (sunderlandnut)

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    My sincere thanks to you all for your input and information, very much appreciated.

    Ian

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    Ian,

    Another couple of books for you to flick through if you get the chance:

    The RAF Air Seas Rescue Service 1918 - 1986 - Pen and Sword

    and

    Boat in the Blue - W.D. Pereira (which contains a useful list of all the types of boats used by the RAF MCU and their serial numbers).

    Rgds

    Jonny

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    Ian
    In the last ten years a group of people worked on a project to restore a Hythe built ASR launch. Which I beleive they completed. Maybe a Southampton based newspaper has the information. Unfortunately I don't know if my ex work colleague who was involved with it is still around.
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