HMS Medusa: a D Day veteran!
Meet at at Marina Gate, adjacent to The Creek Restaurant, HMS Medusa, Haslar Marina, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1NU
Tour this restored Harbour Defence Motor Launch, HMS Medusa, the last of her class in sea-going condition. Medusa was a navigational leader for Omaha beach at D-Day and the first Allied vessel to reach Amsterdam at liberation.
Enjoy a guided tour of HMS Medusa, which is just as she was on D-Day, and have a chance to see the documents and equipment put on for her D-Day role. She is now the very last of 464 such vessels that is in original and seaworthy condition.
Over the years she has appeared in many films and TV programmes, most recently in the Dunkirk film.
Duration 90 minutes
Friday 15 September: 1100 & 1400
Saturday 16 September: 1100 & 1400
Sunday 17 September: 1100 & 1400
Assisted Booking Telephone: 023 9217 7392 or 07849 399 823
Booking opens: 26 August 2023 09:30
Booking closes: 7 September 2023 17:00
Access below decks is by vertical ladder, so is not suitable for mobility-impaired visitors. The ship has several trip and bump hazards. It is not suitable for small children. There are rest points.
Please gather at the Marina Gate, to meet your Guide who will be there 15 mins before the tour starts.
Many cafes and pubs in the vicinity for refreshments and snacks
The Medusa Trust
Opposite The Creek Restaurant, by traffic lights at the foot of Haslar Bridge, turn by the large green buoys into the Marina Car Park. There will be a sign at the gate. Press the button at the barrier to say you are on the HODs tour.
For those of you unable to book a space…
Dr Sam Willis explores the fascinating history of the UK’s historic fleet – the historic vessels that survive in the UK. Many are afloat but there are also ships on slipways, in sheds, hidden in creeks, dismantled in boxes, forgotten on canals… To find out more Sam speaks with Hannah Cunliffe, Director of National Historic Ships UK. a government funded, independent organisation which gives objective advice to UK governments and local authorities, funding bodies, and the historic ships sector on all matters relating to historic vessels in the UK. Sam and Hannah met on board HMS Medusa in Portsmouth, a fine example of one of the UK’s historic ships that was saved and is meticulously cared for for future generations to enjoy. Medusa is a Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML), built in 1943, and the last surviving vessel to have been at Omaha beach on DDay.