Certificate no 2703
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Tender
Location Cambridge
Vessel type RAF Air Service Launch
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co Ltd, Goole
Built in 1941
Hull material Other metal
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
46.00 feet (14.02 m)
Breadth: Beam
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
3.00 feet (0.91 m)
Air Draft
7.00 feet (2.13 m)
Tonnage: Gross


RAF 1135, now named KATRINA was built by the Goole Shipbuilding and Repair Co and was brought on charge into the Royal Air Force in November 1941 as a seaplane refuelling vessel. She is of steel riveted construction and is powered by twin Perkins diesel engines.

She was transferred to the Admiralty for disposal on the 23 December 1946 by 62 Maintenance Unit at Dumbarton, Scotland.

After service with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War the vessel was modified for use as a motor yacht and spent most of its life on the River Trent with frequent trips across the North Sea. Later, it was found in the South of France in 2000 and returned to the UK.

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Key dates

  • 1943

    Built and served in Second World War

  • 1940s

    Modified to motor yacht after war service

  • 1960s/1970s

    Engines changed from petrol/paraffin to diesel

  • 2000

    Found in South of France and returned to UK


  • January 2015

    A sustainability grant of £1000 for remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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