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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.


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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.

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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