anti-submarine warboat towed past Burnham to museum
unique boat with a wartime history was towed past Burnham-On-Sea
this week on its way to be restored at a new maritime museum.
Built in 1941, the former anti-submarine warboat played a crucial
role in patrolling the English Channel during the second world
vessel, called Moonlight 27, has just been bought by local enthusiast
Owen Childs, who with his father Paul is planning to restore it
back to its former glory so that it can go on display at a new
museum they are launching in Watchet.
boat used to attack submarines during the war and was used by
the Americans to land troops along the French coast during D-Day,"
Paul told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
are very few of these Motor Anti-Submarine Boats (MASB) remaining
today which is why have bought from its previous owner in Burseldon,
near Southampton, who had lived on it. We intend to restore her
and hopefully getting her back to how she looked in her prime."
boat was taken by road from Southampton to Combwich and then towed
by a commercial vessel called 'Scooby Doo Too', which is operated
by Bristol Channel Surveys, past Burnham to Watchet Marina on
Monday, as pictured.
Childs previously restored a Royal Navy patrol boat which he bought
for the sum of just £1 and it is now also moored in the
harbour at Watchet.
The boat being towed past Burnham-On-Sea this week on its way
to Watchet (Photos: Burnham-On-Sea.com / Dave Saunders) and, above,
a model of a similar boat showing how it would have looked in