Certificate no 41
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location Chatham
Vessel type Harbour Service
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Hancock Shipbuilding, Pembroke Dock, Wales
Built in 1944
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Steam compound
Boiler type Scotch Return Tube
Boilermaker Rushton & Hornsby Ltd, Lincolnshire
Boiler year 1944
Boiler fuel oil


Breadth: Beam
13.61 feet (4.15 m)
5.25 feet (1.60 m)
Length: Overall
53.97 feet (16.46 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



HSL 376 was built in 1944 by Hancock Shipbuilding of Pembroke Dock for the Royal Navy. As a Harbour Service Launch she served in Royal Naval Dockyards including latterly Portland Dockyard. She was decommissioned in 1973 and was acquired for preservation by the Maritime Trust.

She was preserved afloat in operating condition at Portsmouth until she sank at her moorings. She is currently based at the Chatham Historic Dockyard having arrived there in 1989 and is on a covered slipway.

We are currently seeking further information on this National Historic Fleet vessel. If you have any details about this vessel past or present, please contact us.


The Funnel, Steamboat Association of Great Britain, Volume 6
Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993  
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles, Steam Boat Association of Great Britain, Edition 6, May 1994 

Key dates

  • 1944

    Built by Hancock Shipbuilding Co. of Pembroke Dock for the Royal Navy

  • 1944-1973

    Served as a harbour launch in various Royal Navy ports

  • 1973

    De-commissioned and preserved afloat at Portsmouth

  • 1989

    Moved to Chatham Historic Dockyard

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