The MTB102 Trust has taken over Newsons Boatyard in Lowestoft.

The MTB102 Trust has taken over Newsons Boatyard in Lowestoft. It intends to continue to run the yard as a traditional wooden boat repair facility with the present highly skilled and dedicated staff, and build it into the UK Centre of Excellence in this field.

Plans are in place to renew the outdated western pontoons to the standard of the new eastern pontoons, providing eleven new berths, and to pile the main quay head to improve boat hard standings. The yard will provide a permanent home for MTB102, the historic prototype Vosper motor torpedo boat which saw action during the Dunkirk evacuation.

“There have been many attempts in the past by various organisations to secure the future of historic wooden military vessels, some of which we have been involved with, some not,” said trustee Richard Basey, “We now feel that the steps we are taking are the right ones to achieve the desired result.”