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Published on Oct 25, 2018
Hartlepool will be welcoming a unique Second World War survivor, Rescue Motor Launch (RML) 497, after planning permission was granted for her to be located at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.
RML 497 will undertake her most important journey to date, as she is barged approximately 400 nautical miles by sea from her current resting place on Southampton Water, arriving at Hartlepool marina.
The 70-tonnes ship will be cradled onto a submersible barge, transported up the east coast and then carefully craned into place alongside the National Museum and placed into a temporary building.
Her relocation is in anticipation of a conservation programme to get her on permanent display telling the rich naval story of the coastal forces in the North Sea.