Certificate no 3018
Status Registered


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Gunboat
Location St Osyth
Vessel type Fairmile B
Current use Private use
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Thomas Cook, Ceylon
Built in 1943
Hull material Wood
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
113.00 feet (34.44 m)
Breadth: Beam
18.00 feet (5.49 m)
14.00 feet (4.27 m)
Air Draft
18.00 feet (5.49 m)
Tonnage: Gross


M357 was built as a gunboat by Thomas Cook in Ceylon in 1943. During World War II she served extensively in the Mediterrainean with the Special Boat Service. After 1948 sje came to Chatham and has been nased in St Osyth or approx. 35 years.

She is the only Fairmile B vessel that took place in operation secret scrabble, the covert andings at Tub Rock. She was ised as a cover vessels by SBs and schooner squaring. She is now in use as a houseboat and is the last remaining Fairmile B in the UK.

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Key dates

  • 1943

    Built by Thomas Cook in Ceylon

  • 1943/45

    Active service in World War 2

  • 1948

    Moved the Chatham Dockyard

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