The PNBPT collection is kept in working condition so that future generations can appreciate the skill that was required to design, build and operate these craft.

The vessels are available to the public for charter, film work, corporate activity, educational and commemorative events.

For information on the boats available to charter click on the boat's name -  Landing Craft F8    HSL 102  MGB 81  ST 1502



From April to October we hold Pontoon Open weekends where individual ticket trips on HSL 102 and MGB 81 are due to run, check out Boathouse 4 Facebook page for the up to date information.



Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel F8 is currently offering 20 minute Portsmouth Harbour trips to visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Setting off from Boathouse 4, these exciting open-air excursions are a unique way to experience a historic services vessel.

Departures are scheduled for 13:00, 1340, 14:20, 15:00 and 15:40, subject to weather conditions. Check the Boathouse 4 Facebook page for updates on events and cancellations. Tickets are £10, and can be booked in advance by emailing  or bought on the day from the visitor host in Boathouse 4.


The Forgotten Craft

From the earliest campaigns to the present day and in to the future, the armed forces have always relied on small craft. From mounting amphibious operations, to air sea rescue, from clandestine landings to frontline fighting, small boats have a played a vital role.

The PNBPT collection of Forgotten Craft illustrates the wide range of tasks and specialities these craft were built to undertake.

Included in our collection are frontline offensive weapons like MGB 81, build to attack marauding German torpedo boats; heroic RAF launches, built to rescue downed airmen and service flying boats; mundane yet crucial service launches for the ferrying of equipment and personnel and landing craft used as recently as the Falklands campaign.

The collection represents the full spectrum of tasks undertaken by small boats in time of war and of peace. Without them the armed forces would simply not be able to function. 

For more information contact the Boatkeeper:



The Collection

Learn more about the boats acquired and restored by the Trust


Supported by:

Supported by Regional Growth Fund