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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 Fran├žois Grosjean

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

Journal of Commerce, Thursday, 23/03/1939

Sunderland Daily Echo, Saturday, 31/12/1938