17 June 2024






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One of the former British Admiralty Boat still trading around is the 21 metre motor yacht BARRACUDA.

Built by Vosper Ltd at Portsmouth, UK in 1957 with yard no 2512 for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Rescue Target Towing Launch (RTTL) Mk II  2758

Above image is of RTTL C 71 (Ex 2771) and C 68 (Ex 2768)  that belonged to 1151 Marine Craft Unit (MCU) , the last 2 RTTL’s in service within the RAF based at Marsaxlokk and were donated to the Armed Forces of Malta same as RAF 2758.

The 1151 MCU had been responsible for search-and-rescue operations in Maltese waters until its disbandment in 1978.

Images of a scratch built model RTTL C 68 at an exhibition back to November 2006.

Later on 2758 was converted to a motor yacht and was renamed BARRACUDA with Double diagonal mahogany planking that offers the same advantages of plywood, but with better quality wood, teak deck with Wood/Aluminium superstructure turning her into a classic yacht moored at Mgarr Marina, Gozo.

Here in 2006 at Mgarr Harbour, Gozo.

After her owner acquired the former Malta Shipbuilding Co Ltd (MSCL) in 2016 and renamed it as Mediterranean Maritime Hub (MMH Malta Ltd) she was more seen at Grand Harbour.

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