MFV 119 is ex-Admiralty and was built in 1943-4 at Morris or Morrisons of Gosport. She went to Omaha beach in 1944 with an American crew and was later used on the wreck of INVINCIBLE, a nearby wreck site to the MARY ROSE project. Her hull is carvel built of larch planking on oak, fastened with iron nails. She has a pointed bow, with a raked straight stem and cruiser stern. She has one deck and a timber mast which can be used as a lifting boom. The hull was engineless, but the owner had a Lister Blackstone EPMG3 with three cylinders and 120 horsepower which was to be installed. In July 2007, the vessel had been reframed with all oak framing, a new beam shelf throughout and has been replanked from the waterline up, with a new sternpost. Two steel watertight bulkheads were fitted at each end of the engine room and the original engine was replaced. Work on the wheelhouse and foredeck was ongoing. It is intended that MFV119 be used as a fully operational motor yacht.
Built by Morris, Gosport
A Sustainability Grant of £1000 towards the cost of remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships. Source: National Historic Ships
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