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Introduction

HMS Beehive was a Royal Naval Coastal Forces Base  Commissioned 1 July 1940 and headquartered at Felixstowe Dock in what was the Little Ships Hotel. 

Throughout the war the base was host to Motor Torpedo Boats, Motor Gun Boats and Motor Launches.

These vessels saw action in the North Sea off the Dutch, German and French coasts throughout hostilities. In May 1945 they took surrender of German E Boats operating in the area.

The base closed on 1st July 1945

 

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Posted:Nov 17, 2008 11:45:21 AM GMT
Having lived in Felixstowe for some time ... there is still an old wodden jetty which is located at the end of the beach/beginning oif the dock area which I suspect was used by these boats .... was it featured in "The sea shall not have them?" Also at Woodbridge there are one or two rescue lauches - one still has its RAF markings and is in good condition - could these have been stationed at Felixstowe?
N.Chettleburgh Felixstowe
Posted:Dec 7, 2008 5:10:48 PM GMT
This is a Harwich Harbour Board Jetty and as far as we know not used by Coastal Forces. We do not know if it was featured in the film 'The Sea Shall Not have Them'. There were two other jetties up river of this pier, one being the aggregates jetty the other the submarine mining jetty used for harbour defence in the 19 century, only the piles remain now of the latter. The Air Sea Reacue Launch at Woodbridge was not based in Felixstowe but in Malta.
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HMS Beehive was a Royal Naval Coastal Forces Base  Commissioned 1 July 1940 and headquartered at Felixstowe Dock in what was the Little Ships Hotel. 
Throughout the war the base was host to Motor Torpedo Boats, Motor Gun Boats and Motor Launches.
These vessels saw action in the North Sea off the Dutch, German and French coasts throughout hostilities. In May 1945 they took surrender of German E Boats operating in the area.
The base closed on 1st July 1945

MODEL of ML 442
Fairmile B Type
Completed by Taylors of Chertsey on 13 Jan 1942
LOA 18ft Beam 18ft 6ins
Fitted with two Hall Scott Defender petrol engines
Max speed 20 knots


With the closing down of HMS Beehive at Felixstowe ML442 was decommissioned on the Medway and put up for sale in Oct 1945

MTB 238, Vosper type. Builder: Camper & Nicholson (Gosport). Completed: 18.09.42. Based at HMS Beehive.

 

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Posted:Nov 17, 2008 11:45:21 AM GMT
Having lived in Felixstowe for some time ... there is still an old wodden jetty which is located at the end of the beach/beginning oif the dock area which I suspect was used by these boats .... was it featured in "The sea shall not have them?" Also at Woodbridge there are one or two rescue lauches - one still has its RAF markings and is in good condition - could these have been stationed at Felixstowe?
N.Chettleburgh Felixstowe
Posted:Dec 7, 2008 5:10:48 PM GMT
This is a Harwich Harbour Board Jetty and as far as we know not used by Coastal Forces. We do not know if it was featured in the film 'The Sea Shall Not have Them'. There were two other jetties up river of this pier, one being the aggregates jetty the other the submarine mining jetty used for harbour defence in the 19 century, only the piles remain now of the latter. The Air Sea Reacue Launch at Woodbridge was not based in Felixstowe but in Malta.
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