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The Green Parrot (45’ Medium Speed Picket Boat 5303)


Fig. 1
Build details: 45’ Medium Speed Picket Boat
Engines: Two Foden FD6 Diesels
Length Overall: 45 Feet
Beam: 10Ft. -11 Inches
Draft: 2Ft. 5 ins.
Weight: 16 Tons (This is above the standard weight for this class due to the inclusion of the Royal Accommodation)
Speed: 12.8 knots.
Construction: Double skinned mahogany laid diagonally on hardwood frames
Date Built: 1953 by - J Prowles Boat Yard of Wroxhan.
Figs. 1&2 show her during the 2001 International Festival of the Sea
taking visitors around the harbour.

The Green Parrot was one of three boats ordered on J Prowles Boat Yard of Wroxhan, she was modified and finished as a barge for C in C Home Fleet Sept 1956 on board HMS Maidstone.

Her recorded acceptance date is 1/10/56 being issued to C in C Home Fleet later that month. She was later used in the same capacity on board HMS Tyne in Feb 1959.

In 1960 approval was given to transfer her to C in C Portsmouth (Naval Home Command) subsequently being taken onto account as C in C’s barge.

Fig. 2


It was in this guise that she was named ‘Green Parrot’ and as well as being used by the Admiral Superintendent she was also used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as her Royal Barge during state visits to Portsmouth. The Green Parrot was taken out of service and had been due to be scrapped when she was gifted to the PNBPT by the Admiral Superintendent in 1996, since then she has undergone a programme of maintenance and conservation.

Fig.3 shows her out of the water during her refit (1997/98) in preparation
for the First Festival of the Sea hosted in Portsmouth in 1998.


Fig. 4 Green Parrot plans


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