Bideford Shipyard Ltd have just completed a vessel for HM Customs.
Successful trials of the ML Guardwell were completed last week and she is to be delivered within the next few days to the Customs authorities at Plymouth. Sixty feet long, she has a speed of 11 knots and is extremely manoeuvrable, being capable of turning round at nearly full power in 1½ times her length.
She will be delivered under the command of Captain T Jewell, who for many years skippered the Kathleen and May, now owned by the Maritime Trust and which this week was moored in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, where she will be on public display.
Capt. Jewell is at present engaged on delivering another Customs launch from Messrs J Hinks and Sons’ yard, Appledore, to Gravesend.
In addition to work on the replica of the Golden Hind, Hinks’ yard is also engaged on building a 47 foot patrol launch for Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee.
The full Gazette article is dated 24 March 1972