Certificate no 1028
Status Archived


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Landing Craft
Location NONE
Vessel type Fairmile 'H' Landing Craft
Archive reason Disposed
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Solent Shipyards, Hamble
Built in 1943
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
21.38 feet (6.52 m)
3.80 feet (1.16 m)
Length: Overall
104.93 feet (32.00 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


VANESSA is believed to have been used in the Normandy landings during the Second World War and is thought to have been given the houseboat name of VANESSA in 1950. She has a Farimile 'D' type hull with reduced bow, 4 bow ramps and steel plating to deck, hull sides, bridge and gun positions.

Although this vessel has been disposed,we are lacking information in order to update her record. If you have any past information, please contact us.


Ross, J and Lambert G, Allied Coastal Forces of World War II, Conway Maritime Press, 1990

Key dates

  • 1943/4?

    Possibly built by Solent Shipyards on The Hamble, Sarisbury Green?

  • 1944

    Believed to have been used in the D-Day landings and /or in the Walcheren Operations

  • 1944

    In service as an Assault Landing Craft 

  • 1950

    Believed to have been given the name VANESSA on conversion to houseboat

  • 1990

    Featured in Allied Coastal Forces of World War Two (Conway Maritime Press) 

  • 2001

    In use as a houseboat in Bembridge Harbour, Isle of Wight


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