HMS Medusa to celebrate 75th birthday with Buckler’s Hard visitors
Half-term Buckler’s Hard visitors will be able to take tours on board HMS Medusa to celebrate the 75th birthday of the harbour defence motor launch on Saturday 20th October.
Also giving on-board tours will be the crew from Sir Francis Chichester’s famous Gipsy Moth IV which will welcome Buckler’s Hard visitors on Saturday 27th.
More than five decades after Sir Francis Chichester sailed from his Beaulieu River mooring in readiness for his single-handed circumnavigation of the globe, Gipsy Moth IV will again moor at the bottom of the High Street. Crew members will be on hand from 10am-4pm to give a glimpse of life on board the 54ft ketch.
Follow the family quiz trail around the Maritime Museum, where you can also read fascinating details about Sir Francis Chichester’s epic voyage on Gipsy Moth IV. See historic displays in the labourers’ and shipwrights’ cottages and visit the Chapel of St Mary’s which was once at the heart of smuggling in the village.
Take an end-of-season trip on the popular River Cruise with a tranquil journey along the Beaulieu River and discover its history and the abundant wildlife nestled in its banks. Then round off your day with refreshments at the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms and a visit to the gift shop.
HMS Medusa was launched in Poole on October 20th, 1943 as one of 480 vessels to provide an offshore anti-submarine screen for harbours. The vessels were built for endurance rather than speed and were made entirely from wood and powered by diesel engines. She was chosen for Dunkirk filming because of her role in clearing the way to Omaha Beach for D-Day and recently led a trip to France for a documentary on the History Channel. The Medusa Trust is a registered charity which aims to preserve HMS Medusa ML1387 for future generations, aiming to stay at sea for as long as possible as a tribute to veterans and also to educate and inspire young people.
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