Certificate no 1957
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Torpedo Boat
Location Bridgwater
Vessel type Motor Torpedo Boat
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Vosper, Portsmouth
Built in 1941
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
17.00 feet (5.19 m)
To be confirmed
Length: Overall
72.60 feet (22.14 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


MTB 219 made many attacks on enemy shipping, sustaining damage on 11 September 1941. On 12 February 1942, she was involved with the attack on SCHARNHORST, GNEISENAU and PRINZ EUGEN. She sank the German destroyer SEEADLER on 13 May 1942 and continued to attack enemy shipping until she was paid off on 19 December 1943. MTB 219 is the only surviving vessel of her class and bears the signs of war damage. She is currently stored in a steel Thames Barge, but her hull is reasonably sound and she could be re-floated after considerable restoration. Unfortunately, little of the original interior or superstructure remains, but much painstaking work has been done on her deck planking. She has been a houseboat in Chelsea for the last fifty years and has also been used for filming during this time.


  • Januart 2015

    A Sustainability Grant of £1000 for crane and moving costs was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

  • September 2013

    A Sustainability Grant of £1500 for a survey was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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