Certificate no 2685
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Location Canvey Island
Vessel type Motor Torpedo Boat
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Thornycroft, J I & Co Ltd, Woolston, Southampton
Built in 1941
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None


Length: Overall
64.00 feet (19.51 m)
Breadth: Beam
14.00 feet (4.27 m)
4.00 feet (1.22 m)
Air Draft
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
Tonnage: Gross



CHALLENGER is believed to have been built in Southampton by Thornycroft in 1941 as a Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB). She was then sent to Chatham in Kent where her length was reduced from an original 74ft to 64ft.  After the Second World War, CHALLENGER was given to the RAF who lent her to the Sea Scouts. 

A private owner bought the vessel in approximately 1982/83, having to use divers to refloat her where she had sunk. He took her to Erith where she was dry docked. Her engines were replaced with 4LK diesel engines and she was completely refitted.  She was then sold again in 1997 before passing into her current owner's hands.

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Key dates

  • 1982/3

    Vessel reffited, new engines installed

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