Full size printed plans 60ft GENERAL SERVICE PINNACE Scale 1/2” = 1 Foot L30” B7 .375" Suitable for Radio Control
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60ft GENERAL SERVICE PINNACE
Full Size printed plans on a sheet 41” x 35”
Three page article description and Photos
Note No Building notes suggest model maker with scratch building experience
Scale 1/2” = 1 Foot
Beam 7 .375"
Suitable for Radio Control
by John Pritchard S
The craft depicted in my plan was built by Phillips of Dartmouth in 1939.
All marine craft personnel during the war-time hey-day of the Service were trained on this craft and there were many who spent their war years serving on them.
WITH the recent release of a 63ft wooden hulled craft from Royal Air Force service, it can be sadly but no doubt fairly claimed that the Marine role of the R.A.F. has virtually finished with the same class of craft that it started with the Pinnace.
The name pinnace applied in earlier times to a large double-banked boat carried aboard a 'Man o' war. On later capital ships it became a decked craft fitted with a steam driven propeller. Some fifty to fifty four feet in length, these were distinctive craft with their polished brass bell-topped funnel set amidships.
With the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, various Royal Navy craft were handed over to assist with the operating of the ex-R.N.A.S. Flying boats and among these were some pinnaces.
In the twenties and thirties thirty two similar Admiralty craft were specifically ordered for the R.A.F., although they were known as 'launches' by the builders the name Pinnace stuck with them and even when an entirely different looking craft emerged from the yard of Grove & Guttridge in 1936 to replace the earlier craft, the name lived on among the R.A.F. crews. This G. & G. designed sixty foot hard chine craft was so successful that it became the standard craft of its type and was built under contract by many yards.