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Medina-Class 39-Foot


Dimensions 39' 6" x 24' Speed 28kts
Displacement 10t Range ????
Construction Rigid base, hyperlon tubing with aluminium superstructure Endurance ????
Engine2 x s 212/300hp various coupled to dual waterjets Crew 4

Based on the Atlantic 21 concept the first two boats were funded by an appeal by Lord Mountbatten, through the Romsey trust in 1979. After his assasination later in the year by the IRA. A third boat was bought via RNLI funds. The project was dropped after three boats had been built.

Individual Histories

Builders: SOU= Souter Marine, Cowes. OSB= William Osborne, Littlehampton, West Sussex.


O/N Name Bldr Year Base/Comments
1069 Mountbatten of Burma SOU 1980 Fitted with 212hp Sabre engines and self-righting air-bag. Trials Brighton 83, Littlehampton, re-engined with 303hp engines, Cabin added. Stored. Sold 01/10/89 as Swanage Diver. For sale 2013 Sold in Falmouth area in 2014 ish. To Salcombe as workboat 2015/6 named Demelza.
1072 Countess Mountbatten of Burma SOU 1981 Fitted with 330hp Caterpiller engines. Redcar 11/85, Blackpool,Fitted with cabin, Dungeness. Sold 11/08/89 as Cheetah. At Pembroke Ferry still 10/00. Found at Safety Boat Services in 2014 at Wells-Next-The-Sea. To Kingston-Upon_Hull 2014 as Discovery. to Midlothian by 2016 as workboat Discovery.
1091 Not named OSB 1984 Fitted with 285hp Caterpiller engines. Trials RNLI Depot Poole. Sold 30/04/89 as Fury/Mountbatten Venturer/David Stogden MBE. MRI Stonehaven. For sale 2013. To blyth in 2014. Sold in Holland, arriving 05/07/15.To Glasson Dock, Lancs by 2016 as "Ex RNLB Medina-class 003-42


ON1069 Mountbatten of Burma pictured off Southwold in 80's (Photo TC2)

ON1069 seen later in life, with cabin, as Swanage Diver (Photo Swanage Diver)

ON1072 Countess Mountbatten of Burma at Redcar on trials in 1985 (Photo Bob O'Neill)

ON1072 for sale at ?? Date and photographer unknown-Apologies.

ON 1091 pictured with the MRI at Stonehaven (Photo Courtesy Martin Fish)

ON1091 pictured at Glasson Dock in July 2016 (Photo Courtesy N. Leach)