Militaryboats Experience @ Torquay's Inner Harbour

Dive into the incredible history of Britain’s small attack craft on board these lovingly restored “little ships”

Looking for something to do in Torquay, South Devon? Come and see the English Riviera's only Maritime Heritage Museum...

Come and visit our fleet of ex-military fast attack craft. We have Gay Archer, a Royal Navy Fast Patrol motor torpedo boat; Humorist, a Royal Army Service Corps Derby Winners class transport launch and ST437,our Royal Air Force Sea Plane Tender Air Sea Rescue launch.


Take this unique opportunity to come on board, look around and experience what it was like to defend Britain’s waters with guns, torpedoes and depth charges on these small but powerful ex-military boats.



Explore (and smell!) the engine rooms, sit on the Bofors gun, feel the uniforms and hear the stories of our waterborne Veterans. A great chance to experience real British history for the whole family.

Sorry, Now Closed for the season and building MTB219!


Adults: £5               Under 16s: £2               Under 5’s FREE



FREE Child with each Adult            FREE Guidebook

In World War II Germany swiftly advanced through Europe putting Britain’s coast within easy reach of the Axis Kreigsmarine. A crash building program of torpedo boats, gunboats, and motor launches was implemented and Coastal Forces was born – crewed by Royal Navy Volunteer Reservists (RNVR).


At the same time the RAF began using high speed launches for Air-Sea Rescue, and the Royal Army Service Corps needed boats for transport and target towing at coastal gunnery sites.


This is their story…