Certificate no 1895
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location Keadby Lock
Vessel type High Speed Launch
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Unknown
Built in 1945
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.50 feet (3.81 m)
3.50 feet (1.07 m)
Length: Overall
47.50 feet (14.49 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


FRIENDS FOLLY was one of the River Class General Launches built for the Royal Army Service Corps and operated by Coastal Command.  Internet reference suggests her previous name was BEAM.

Key dates

  • 1943

    Built as a Patrol Boat for the RASC in Thorne

  • 1943-1945

    She served as a Coastal Command Boat in Sandwich

  • 1990

    Bought by her present owner


  • October 2008

    A Sustainability Grant of £2000 for dry docking and new planking was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

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