Certificate no 2440
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location Rochester
Vessel type High Speed Target Tower Vessel
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes
Web address www.derbyclass.org


Builder White, J Samuel & Co Ltd, Cowes, Isle of Wight
Built in 1941
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
11.50 feet (3.51 m)
Length: Overall
48.00 feet (14.64 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



BLUE PETER is one of a small number of high-speed target tower boats named after the famous Epsom Derby winners of their day. There were only 21 of these 58 foot boats made between 1941 and 1944.

She was based at Cliffe (on the River Thames) in January 1942, per a schedule of Royal Naval vessels in home waters. Later on she was used as one of the command ships in the construction of the Mulberry Harbour in France. After that she served in Belgium waters and then as a patrol boat in German waters, possibly on the Rhine.

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