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Name: TARRET
Type: Experimental Motor Boat
Launched: 08/11/1938
Completed: 01/1939
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 1564
Dimensions: 53disp, 110.0 x 14.5 x ?ft
Engines: 2 x Oil engines, VRB type, 16cyl (7 x 7.75in), 2000bhp
Engines by: Davey, Paxman & Co (Colchester) Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 30.0knots
Armament: 1 x 3pdr, 2 x Lewis guns; 12 x depth charges
History:
01/1939 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Newcastle
03/11/1939 British Royal Navy
19xx Private owner
19xx Sank
Comments: Built to shipbuilders' own account to test out new hull form
To save costs, second hand engines were used & fittings were as cheap as possible
Apparently registered as a private yacht to keep hull details secret
Also avoided the costs associated with registering as a British ship
1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty and used as a patrol boat
By 1950: Converted to a houseboat at Walton-on-Naze
Later: Sank in the Black Deep (outer Thames Estuary) while under tow to the south coast


Above photo is courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo is courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo of TARRET as a houseboat in 1951 is copyright of Putmans Photographers

Sunderland Daily Echo, Saturday, 31/12/1938