RTTL 2772E

Last of the line

By John Hills


RTTL 2772E visited Newhaven during its frequent trips up and down the channel. She is pictured here in 1966 on speed trials off Brighton and was the fastest of all the MkII launches. During these trials she achieved speeds in excess of 40 knots, according to a member of the crew at the time. It was later reported the craft could achieve speeds over 50 knots! This being mainly due to fact her hull was constructed of aluminium and new marine Rolls Royce engines!

Has anyone got a picture of RTTL 2772E in the harbour they would like to share with us?

Photo:RTTL2772E off Brighton

RTTL2772E off Brighton

Courtesy of Evening Argus

This page was added by John Hills on 10/12/2020.
Comments about this page

I have a photo of this and one of the other boats from Summer 1961. It was taken by my father as he and his crew (204 SQN Coastal Command Shackleton from Ballykelly NI) were using it for Dinghy Drill. Contact me if you want the image. It is colour high res.

If you would like to download it to the website Andy, we can include it on this page.

John -- Editor


By Andy Houldsworth
On 21/03/2021

When this boat was at Calshot I did a couple of test runs on her. I later dealt with an insurance claim on her after she had been sold to a private buyer who converted her to carry passengers for a shuttle service to North Sea oil rigs. She had been stolen and her appearance changed and used for smuggling.

By Tony Pearson
On 11/04/2022

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