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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
London Borough of Barnet in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom

63ft General Purpose Pinnace Mk. 1

63ft General Purpose Pinnace Mk. 1 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 6, 2018
1. 63ft General Purpose Pinnace Mk. 1 Marker
63ft General Purpose Pinnace Mk. 1
1955 — 1985
The 63ft General Purpose Pinnace Mk.1 was the workhorse of the post-second world war RAF Marine Craft fleet, and saw extensive service with the RAF overseas at Gibraltar, Cyprus, Malta, Singapore and Gan (Indian Ocean), as well as many United Kingdom bases.

At the time of its introduction flying boats were still in service with the RAF. Towing flying boats and the laying and recovery of their moorings was an everyday task, as was the recovery of air-dropped stores such as torpedos and sonobuoys from practice ranges.

In total seventeen were built between 1955 and 1962. All but one survived their RAF service to be disposed of during the 1970s and 80s. Some were transferred to other UK departments or to foreign governments while others were simply sold off.

Type   General Purpose Pinnace
In Service   1955-1985 (with RAF)
Cargo capacity   5080kg (5 tons)
Length   63ft (19.2m)
Beam (width)   4.72m (15ft 6in)
Hull   Double diagonal mahogany planking
Superstructure   Aluminium
Gross Weight   48,578kg (47.8 tons)
Engines   Two 190bhp Rolls Royce C6SFLM diesels
Speed   14 knots (16mph -26km/h)
Range   1220km (660 nautical miles - 759 statute miles)

1955   Built by Groves &
63ft General Purpose Pinnace Mk. 1 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 6, 2018
2. 63ft General Purpose Pinnace Mk. 1
Gutteridge at Cowes, Isle of Wight.
1 Oct 55   No.1102MCU (Marine Craft Unit) Falmouth, Cornwall.
1 Jul 57   To 238MU RAF Calshot for Survey and report.
2 Sep 57   Returned from 238MU to No.1102MCU to replace pinnace 1262.
10 Sep 58   To 238MU (Maintenance Unit), Calshot, Hampshire for fitting of modifications and repainting in overseas colours.
3 Dec 58   Shipped from No 238MU to Gan island (Maldives). New Establishment. First of her type to serve at Gan.
1 Mar 60   1374, the regular means of transport between Gan and Hittadu, was involved in the night-time rescue of the crew and passengers of a Hastings transport aircraft which, during a raging storm, ditched in the sea 1 ½ miles short of Gan's runway. Between them, 1374 and a Gan-based HTTL rescued all the occupants of the Hastings, including Wing Commander Geoffrey Atherton, Station Commander of RAF Katunayake (now Bandaranaika International Airport, Sri Lanka).
Nov 65   To Mount Batten Repair Flight (Plymouth, Devon) for Cat.4 Repairs, shipped back to the UK aboard a cargo ship. Replaced at Gan by Pinnace 1382.
14 Feb 69   1102MCU, Falmouth for survey and repair. Replaced Pinnace 1372.
Sep 74   To Royal Navy Gunboat Yard at Haslar, Gosport, for storage (alongside three other pinnaces) upon closure of the Falmouth facility.
6 Mar 78   1113MCU Holyhead After derrick mast modifications. Served alongside Pinnace 1392.
1 Apr 1986   RAFS Marine Branch was disbanded, but this vessel and others continued in service with MoD (Air), manned by a civilian crew initially provided by James Fisher & Sons, Barrow Ltd; retained RAF colour scheme, with number and roundel.
Feb 91   Transferred to Director Marine Services (Navy). Latterly one of two vessels operated from Holyhead by civilian management company Vosper Thorneycroft (VT) Marine Services, under contract for the RAF. Lost its RAF roundels and RAF pennant number. Named 'MV Pinnace' and operated in conjunction with the Search and Rescue Training Unit at RAF Valley and No. 22 Squadron (Sea King unit) for helicopter SAR Rescue training, particularly deck winching training.
1 Apr 2002   Withdrawn From Use. Removed from the water into storage at VT Marine Services boatyard, Holyhead.
22 Apr 03   Delivered to RAF Museum, Hendon.
Location. 51° 35.829′ N, 0° 14.292′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Barnet, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Grahame Park Way and Great Strand, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at Royal Air Force Museum London, the former Hendon Aerodrome. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Barnet, England NW9 5LL, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Toll Gate House (approx. 5.4 kilometers away); House of John Keats (approx. 6.7 kilometers away); George Orwell House (approx. 6.8 kilometers away); Burma Railway Memorial (approx. 9.8 kilometers away); The Last Goon Show (approx. 9.8 kilometers away); George Padmore (approx. 10.1 kilometers away); Sir Alfred Ayer (approx. 10.1 kilometers away); Charles Dickens (approx. 10.1 kilometers away).
Also see . . .
1. Royal Air Force Museum. (Submitted on June 9, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Royal Air Force Museum London on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 9, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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