Registration number 1134
Status Registered

Previous names

  • 1944 ML 1309


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Harbour Defence Launch
Location Upton upon Severn
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Bunn, Graham, Wroxham
Built in 1944
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.98 feet (4.57m)
4.59 feet (1.40m)
Length: Overall
71.97 feet (21.95m)
Tonnage: Gross


MORNING WINGS is a harbour defence motor launch built in 1944 by G. Bunn, Wroxham. Her hull is constructed of double diagonal mahogany planking with oak ribs, Douglas fir stringers and elm frames. She has her original twin engines made by Gleniffer DC8, 160 bhp. She first operated as a naval vessel as HDML 1309 and is said to have taken part in the D-Day landings in World War II. Sold out of service in 1948, she was used as a smuggling boat in Gibraltar in the 1950s/1960s. The owner had a fleet of 4 similar craft and MORNING WINGS was caught and impounded for many years in the late 1960s. Early in the 1970s she had a new owner and was used as a houseboat until purchased by her current owner in 1989 and sailed back to the UK from Gibraltar.


World Ship Society British Armed Forces Small Craft Historical Society, Survivors Register, 1998

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