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Visiting vessels moored alongside at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

A fascinating range of vessels moor alongside South Quay during Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival for visitors to see. Additional visiting vessels are currently being confirmed with the Habourmaster, so watch this space for more details. Unfortunately, some ships and boats have to duck out at the last minute, due to operational commitments.

The vessels below were all welcomed alongside for the 2016 Maritme Festival. Check back soon to see which vessels we'll be hosting at the 2017 festival.



MTB stands for motor torpedo boat. Motor Torpedo Boats were designed to be able to mount a quick response to threats from any other seagoing vessel whether a warship or a submarine. 

This particular MTB was launched in 1937 and saw active service during the Second World War from 1939 to 1940 mainly in the English Channel.

Kelso Films refurbished the MTB102 to be a WWII MTB for their 1976 film, 'The Eagle has landed' which starred Michael Caine. 

Laura Moncur Lifeboat

Laura Moncur

Re-launched in May 2015 after an extensive refurbishment by her current owners, siblings Mark Waltham and Nicola Nolan, the Laura Moncur started life in 1960 as the RNLI Buckie lifeboat .

She subsequently served as the charity's relief vessel, working in a range of locations from 1984 to 1988.

During her service life, the Laura Moncur was launched a total of 78 times and saved 47 lives.

Liz V

Liz V

Built in 2013, the Liz V is a 31m long High Speed Bureau Veritas support vessel with a hydraulic crane used for off-shore wind farm operations. Her home port is Rotterdam.

Owned by Dutch company Stemat, she is currently contracted to Staoil, one of the Maritime Festival's sposnors and will be working closely with the Esvagt SOV at Dudgeon.



The 18m long and 4 m wide tug Albatros was built in Holland in 1938 by Th. van den Beldt and was one of the first group of tugs to be requisitioned in 1939 by the Dutch Royal Navy to be used as ice breakers in the Ijsselmeer fleet.

In 1940 the German Wehrmacht claimed the tug as part of their war booty and used it for patrolling canals, it was subsequently acquired after the war by a Dutchman. Between 1946 and 2006 she had a number of owners, and two name changes from ‘Germa’ to ‘Liberté’. In 2006 the tug changed hands again, and was brought from Holland to Norfolk in 2014.

In 2016, the tug was renamed back to the original Albatros by her current owner, Chris Way.



A 12m cutter rigged leisure craft built in 1892 by F Wilkinson in London, now based in Norfolk. Leila is a rare example of a Victorian racing cutter, originally built for a businessman who sailed with the Royal Temple Yacht Club at Ramsgate and won the Round Britain race in 1904.

The boat was gifted to the Leila Sailing Trust in 2008 and was restored over 4 years for sail training for the young people of Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Southwold. Come along and find out more about the Baltic Adventure, especailly for young people.

RNLI Samarbeta

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution at Great Yarmouth & Gorleston have two lifeboats, one of which is the seagoing vessel, the Samarbeta, an all-weather Trent Class lifeboat.

Samarbeta is a Swedish word which means ‘working together.’

Anna TX37

Anna TX37
Hailing from Oostende, Anna TX37 is a two-masted gaff schooner built in 1931, under the name TX37 Anthonie. She sailing as a fishing boat until 1977 and was one of the first to model herring loggers. She was converted into a charter sailing ship in the 1980’s.

Making Waves

Visiting ships coming in to port for the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

All boat and ship details at time of publishing on our website and in the souvenir guide, however all vessels are attending the festival subject to weather conditions and commercial commitments which may require their presence elsewhere at the last minute.

In addition to the Samarbeta, the Caister Independent lifeboat, the Bernard Matthews often makes an appearance on Sunday morning as part of their regular training exercise.


The Maritime Festival committee understands that whilst those ships and boats who advise the Maritime Festival of their intention to attend the festival do so in good faith, occasionally, usually due to weather conditions or sudden work committments they are unable to do so.
Information about ships and boats who have said they will attend is correct at the time of the Maritime Festival Souvenir Guide going to press approximately 10 days prior to the festival, however cannot be guaranteed.
This website will be updated with the most current information available about visiting ships and boats as soon as is practical.

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