The Medusa Trust

2016

2016 was a busy year for Medusa.  The highlight of the year was a passage to Dunkirk to take part in the film "Dunkirk" to be released in 2017.  It was an amazing experience with several members of the cast on board including Harry Styles.

Back in home waters we played a mjor part in a series "Combat ships" shown on the History Channel.  Medusa was in Episode 4 "ships that saved D day".

 

We started on a project to refit and restore some of the WW2 electronics that Medusa carried.  More detail in the newsletter.

 

Spring 2016 Newsletter.

 

Christmas 2016 Newsletter.

 

2015

Jan

 

We hold recods of all 464 HDMLs and most weeks we receive new information.  The boats history secion of the website has just had a major update with lots of new information.

 

March

 

More work on the website with video added including material from when she was still serving with the RN

 

The list of survivors has been updated, sadly a few more of the remaining HDMLs have been lost.

 

2015 Spring Newsletter

 

 

2014.

April.

 

Medusa achieved MCA Category 3 staus to alllow up to 12 passengers (though we are limiting to 10) up to 20 miles from safe haven, day or night.  This allows us to do a small ammount of commercial work including filming to help with funds to keep Medusa operational.

 

June

 

2014 was a special year for Medusa as it was the 70th aniversary of D Day when she played a pivotal role as Navigational Leader for Omaha beach.  To mark the event, we hosted a visit for veterans nd then a special day for our own former crew members including her last RN captain, Admiral Roger Morris and the last survior of her wartime crew Doug Withey in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal and Admiral Tim Laurence.

We then had a rough night passage to France to join commeorations at Caen, passing under Pegasus bridge, after which we visited the Mulberyy Harbout at Arromanches, Port en Bessin, Omaha Beach and Cherbourg.  On the way back we stopped on the exact postion she was at the night of 5/6 June 1944 and held a short service to pay our respects.

 

Full report on the return to Normandy

 

 

 

Medusa in Port en Bessin

 

 

August

 

Medusa returned to Poole and was awarded a Certificate of Affiliation at a ceremony hosted by the Mayor of Poole, Peter Adams.

 

 

 

2014 Newsletter

 

Change of Command, April 2013

After 45 years as Medusa's skipper, Mike Boyce decided it was time to retire and command was handed to Alan Watson who has been First Officer for 15 years.

Without a lifetimes dedication from Mike (and a lifetimes tolerance from Pam his wife) Medusa would not be around today.  To wish Mike well, the crew organised a send off which involved a great deal of Rum.

 

Mike Boyce, skipper 1968-2013

 

Medusa stars at Jubilee Pageant June 2012

Medusa made the 500 mile round trip to the Thames to take part in the Jubilee pageant.  The trip round via Eastbourne, Ramsgate, Sheerness was perfect.  On the day coming down from the overnight mooring at Putney was horrible with cold heavy rain but the event was amazing. Passage back via Sheerness and Eastbourne was memorable for nasty weather off Beachy Head.

 

 

Medusa Rededicated by HRH The Princess Royal, October 20 2010

Medusa is rededicated at a ceremony in the presence of HRH princess Royal at Kings Stairs, Portsmouth and receives the first Historic Fleet ensign.

 

 

 

Medusa back in the water March 2010

After a 5 year refit Medusa is launched and comes off the slipway under her own power.

 

 

HMS Medusa