Previous names

  • ML 1257
Certificate no 2401
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Harbour Defence Launch
Location Hartlepool
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Berthon Boat Co Ltd, Lymington
Built in 1942
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
4.00 feet (1.22 m)
Length: Overall
72.00 feet (21.96 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


MV MARICA was built as an HDML, a patrol boat, and served with the Royal Navy at Gibralter.  At that time she was registered as ML1257.  The vessel is of double diagonal timber construction and was built by the Berthon Boat Company in 1942.   She has twin Thornycroft diesel engines and was used at a houseboat in Hartlepool for many years.

MV MARICA served on activity duty in Gibralter, Malter and as a pathfinder vessel during the invasion of Sicily carrying Special Forces to the island.

As of January 2020, the vessel was under new ownership, still berthed in Hartlepool Marina and undergoing restoration.

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