I'm absolutely delighted to report that this wonderful boat has been bought with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund by the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and will be an important attraction in the historic dockyard in Portsmouth.
Head of Heritage Development at the NMRN, Nick Hewitt, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has supported us in acquiring RML 497. She’s an amazing survivor, full of original features and still fully operational, which is incredible for a wooden warship built for ‘hostilities only’ service during the Second World War.
“When she comes to Portsmouth she’ll be entering a whole new phase of her long life, and I’m sure our visitors will be just as excited as we are to step aboard her and see Portsmouth’s amazing naval heritage from the deck of a real warship.”
Extract Ref: https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/amazing-survivor%E2%80%99-acquired-national-museum-royal-navy
You can read the whole story here.
Here are some of my photos from Brixham when Greenway Ferry Company owned her and she sailed across the bay every summer.
Greenway Ferry Company spent a huge amount of money restoring and maintaining her which also included restoration to her original wartime colours
We were lucky enough to sail on her over to Slapton Sands a few years ago in remembrance of the fallen of WWII Exercise Tiger Tragedy at Slapton Sands.
Brixham Harbour and the Fairmile
It's such a shame she couldn't be kept in the bay, as she looked spectacular crossing the waters however the National Museum of the Royal Navy is a perfect resting place.
I hope you get to see her there
Until next time