P294 HMS Trumpeter Fast Training Boat at Dusk, Dover Marina, Kent, England, UK

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An Archer-class P2000-type patrol boat assigned to Cambridge University Royal Naval Unit, ex-Bristol University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). Built 1988 by Vosper Thornycroft. White building is Lord Warden House, ex-hotel and World War II HMS Wasp shore station. Tug Haven: Dover Harbour Board tugs, DHB Dauntless and DHB Doughty. Monday 18 March 2013.

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John Latter on March 20, 2013

The photo shows the fast training boat at her mooring in the Tidal Harbour of Dover Marina. It was taken from the floating pontoon below Dover Lifeboat Station on Crosswall Quay. I returned the following morning hoping for better light conditions, but HMS Trumpeter had already left port (consequently, its a case of any photo being better than no photo at all!).

General Characteristics

Displacement: 49 tons

Length: 20.8 m (68 ft 3 in)

Beam: 5.8 m (19 ft)

Draught: 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)

Propulsion: 2 shafts, Rolls Royce M800T diesels, 1,590 bhp

Speed: 30 knots

Range: 550 nmi (1,020 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)

Complement: 5 (RN), 1 training officer (RNR), 12 students (RNR) or 12 (RN)

Sensors and processing systems: Decca 1216 navigation radar

Armament: 3 × 7.62 mm L7 GPMG (Cyprus Sqn.) (can be fitted with 20 mm cannon on fo'c'sle)

In April 2011, a flotilla of three patrol boats arrived in Dover Harbour:

P165 HMS Example

P164 HMS Explorer

P275 HMS Raider

Group photo:

P165 HMS Example, P164 HMS Explorer, P275 HMS Raider, Dover Marina,

HMS Wasp

The large cream-coloured Victorian building on the right is a Grade II Listed Building called Lord Warden House, home to sundry freight agents.

Previously, it was the Lord Warden Hotel and during the Second World War the hotel was taken over by the Royal Navy, becoming known as HMS Wasp. It was the headquarters for the Coastal Force, made up of motor torpedo boats, motor gun boats and air-sea rescue craft. This was where the crews were billeted and the signal section, plotting rooms and offices were located (© Crown Copyright. Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence: PSI licence number C2010002016; Source: English Heritage).

See the Lord Warden House, Victorian Hotel, WWII HMS Wasp Shore Station and Lord Warden House at Daybreak, St Martin’s Battery, Western Heights photos for more information. (NB a shore establishment is often known as a 'stone frigate').

End Notes

Part of the Dover Harbour Board dredger, DHB David Church is also visible in the tug haven. Group photo of tugs and dredger (with a customs cutter):

HMC Seeker, DHB Dauntless, Doughty, and David Church

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John Latter on March 29, 2013

Warship data: Call Sign: GAAZ, IMO: 0, MMSI: 232002978

When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

HMS Trumpeter (Labelled, "Coalition Warship")

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 20, 2013
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2013/03/18 17:10:55
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 41.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash