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Tombsy

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Help with boat ID
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:59:42 pm »

This is a still from one of my Dad's 8mm movies he took while with the RCN in the fifties.
I'm curious what the smaller boats are, and I thought it might possibly be in Malta but I'm not sure maybe someone can tell.
The picture is kind of blurry but here's a link to the movie clip as well.
Thanks!
http://youtu.be/yG52zEZdMhc


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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012, 09:40:12 am »

Looks like an HDML, Harbour Defence Motor Launch to me. I will leave it to others to be more precise though..
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2012, 09:44:21 pm »

I agree that it is a Harbour Defence Motor Launch.

I know some were kept on after the war as survey boats.

Don't think its Malta though - seems more mountainous than I remember.
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012, 06:03:58 pm »

Thanks guys, one of the labels on the movies says "Suva". Would they have had harbour craft like that in Fiji?
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2012, 11:51:10 pm »

Now I'm thinking it could be New Zealand and they did get 15 of the Harbour Defense Launches according to Wickipedia.
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012, 02:13:17 pm »

Where ever it is looking at the coast it looks very cold with all that snow.
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 02:15:28 pm »

Just thought have you try uploading it onto Ships nostalga site, lots of knowledgeable people there who will probaly give you all the info you want.
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 05:55:56 pm »

Good idea, thanks for having a look.
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2012, 06:22:34 pm »

Looks more like Suda in Crete to me and they sometimes have very bouncy water there
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2013, 09:37:05 pm »

Def NZ HDMLs, possibly South Island scenery?
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2013, 08:34:08 am »

Could be Cook Strait, and the outer Marlborough Sounds, top of the South Island, NZ, some of them hills look very familiar.
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2013, 02:51:59 am »

Thanks guys, my Dad was definitely in NZ on a cruise[size=78%].[/size]
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2013, 02:24:02 pm »

Just make out two funnels, so to me it looks like one of the Ford class HDML's built after the war, I think the last RN one was Droxford. New Zealand and Australia plus most of the Dominion navies had some.
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2013, 11:03:39 am »

This is a still from one of my Dad's 8mm movies he took while with the RCN in the fifties.
I'm curious what the smaller boats are, and I thought it might possibly be in Malta but I'm not sure maybe someone can tell.
The picture is kind of blurry but here's a link to the movie clip as well.
Thanks!
http://youtu.be/yG52zEZdMhc




Its look like the Myth..
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Re: Help with boat ID
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2013, 01:40:38 pm »

Its a HDML (Harbour Defence Motor Launch).
Plenty of information on these craft.


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