During World War II, the Royal Navy built around 650 Fairmile B motor launches in order to keep the Germans on their side of the Channel. One of the last remaining of these gunboats can now be found on eBay, for a lot less than you’d probably imagine…
The “Fair B’s” were rushed into production in 1940, put together using prefab components from all over the UK to churn out hundreds of these 112-foot boats.
Packing a Quick Firing 3-pounder Hotchkiss popgun, two .303 calibre machine guns and some depth charges, they didn’t quite pack as much of a punch as the German U-boats. Think about trying to take out a tank with an airsoft gun and you’re probably on the right lines!
However, they proved to be invaluable during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, patrolling the beaches and picking up the wounded and drowning. After the war, most of the boats were disposed of, but a few still remain.
One of which, ML 357 (renamed Jamaica Moon and turned into a houseboat) is moored in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex and is currently for sale.
Featuring four cabins, cast iron bath, cistern and toilets, Victorina sink, internet connection and a washing machine, she could be yours for the bargain price of £32,000!
She is registered on the National Historic Ships UK register, and according to the listing on eBay, “she has sunk a sub and picked up secret agents in the war, and in the 60s was a hippie’s commune, in the 70s a Buddhist shrine!!”
One website has claimed that she is one of four remaining Fair B’s left in the UK, so you could grab yourself a piece of history! If you want to take a look for yourself, you can find the listing here.