Previous names

  • HSL 2550
Certificate no 1296
Status Archived


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location NONE
Vessel type Harbour Service
Archive reason Disposed
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder British Power Boat Co Ltd. Hythe
Built in 1942
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
17.18 feet (5.24 m)
3.08 feet (0.94 m)
Length: Overall
62.95 feet (19.20 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


BUCCANEER is an air sea rescue high speed launch, built by the British Powerboat Company Ltd. at Hythe in 1942. Her pennant number was HSL 2550. She served at Felixstowe, Gorlston and Leuchars among other places and was decommissioned after the Second World War. Her hull is wooden with a hard chine and whaleback and she was originally powered by three Napier Sealion engines, linked to three propellers. Subsequently, she was used as a private motor yacht. BUCCANEER was sold in the 1990s to an owner in Newcastle. She later sank and had to be destroyed.


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

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