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High Speed Action on the Solent with HMS Medusa Saturday 22nd September 2018 (AM)

Join us in Portsmouth as we embark on a photographic voyage with HMS Medusa! This promises to be an action packed morning full of photographic opportunities as we sail alongside this historic emblem of nautical history! Setting out from the harbour in the morning this will be a session of fast paced photography with wonderful views from the solent - catching Medusa at her best!

ML1387 was a harbour defence motor launch built in Poole in 1943, one of 480 vessels designed to provide an offshore anti-submarine screen for harbours. This lovely vessel is made entirely of woo and is powered by diesel. Originally they were intended to be transported to where they were needed as deck cargo but soon they were making the passages themselves from the UK to the Mediterranean, West Indies, South Africa and the Far East.

In the spring of 1944 she joined the 149th HDML Flotilla, was based at Portland, and took part in Exercise Fabius 1, which was a practice assault carried out by the Americans at Slapton Sands in Devon. Medusa took part in the 'D'-Day landings, arriving off Omaha Beach on the night before the invasion and remaining on station for 30 hours as the Navigational Leader for approach channel 4. In October 1944, Medusa was transferred to the 185 Auxiliary Minesweeping Flotilla, based on the Medway. Early in 1945, Medusa crossed to Ostend and from there took passage to IJmuiden where she accepted the surrender of the occupying German forces. From IJmuiden she navigated the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam, the first allied ship to do so. 

This event will be limited to 11 photographers due to insurance, hence the price being slightly higher than our usual pricing policy. We will set sail at 10:00 and return to harbour at 13:00.




Lenses- suggest bringing lens lengths between 16-200mm

Spare batteries

Memory cards

lens cloths or protectors to limit sea spray


Photography Knowledge:

Basic to advanced

Fitness Level:

Low - Medium



Appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear

Event cost £99.00 per person.

Images courtesy of Simon Westwood