December 09, 2012

Shetland Bus project

Plans are underway to build a working replica of a motor torpedo boat that once belonged to the Shetland Bus flotilla, transporting SOE and SIS agents to and from Norway. Project supporters include Bond director Guy Hamilton, who served as one of the original boat's crew members. Once completed, the organisers intend to offer up to twenty customers a fortnight's 'holiday' aboard MTB 718, recreating the experience of clandestine operations on the North Sea.

The £3 million project doesn't appear to have a website yet, but there are a few more details in this Shetland Times article: http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2012/12/01/replica-bus-boat-project-launched

There's also some interesting wartime footage of the original vessel on the Brittany coast, where many French agents and Allied evaders were picked up, and interviews with Hamilton and fellow crew member Charles Milner, here: http://mtb718.co.uk/Videos.html