Ship Models

A superb model of a Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) made and donated to the museum by Keith German ex Para Regiment

MTB 488


MTB 488 was based at HMS Hornet, Gosport, Hampshire with the 1st Flotilla.

See is believed to have seen action against German U-Boats during WWII

 RNA Spalding members visited the museum recently with Mrs Knowles & her husband. Mrs Knowles donated three models of WWII ships that belonged to her late father Wilfred John Buffham DSM. His DSM was awarded to AB Buffham for the part he played in the landing operations in the North African campaign.


 Press release by the

 Spalding Guardian


 A very detailed model showing her full set of

 armament namely the IKARA an Australian

 Anti-Submarine weapon, Motor Mk10 the

 LIMBO, Twin Quadruple SEA CAT Missile and

 Variable Depth SONAR


Type 42 Batch 3 destroyer

Launched 1980

Gulf War 1991

Decommissioned 17th February 2011



Lynx Helicopter

HMS DELIGHT was a Daring-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy, launched in 1950 and broken up at Inverkeithing in 1971.


In 1956 she formed part of the Royal Navy's force used during the Suez Operation. In 1959 she was involved in a collision in the Mediterranean with HMS Birmingham.


The last Battleship of the Royal Navy

  HMS Vanguard was a British fast battleship built during World War II and commissioned after the war. She was the only ship of her class

  and was the biggest, fastest and last of the Royal Navy's battleships, and the final battleship to be launched in the world. Work on the ship's

  design commenced before the war because the Royal Navy anticipated being outnumbered by the combined German and Japanese

  battleships in the early 1940s. The British had enough 15-inch (380 mm) guns and turrets in storage to allow one ship of a modified Lion

  -class battleship design to be completed faster than the ships of that class that had already been laid down. Work on Vanguard was started

  and stopped several times during the war and even after construction had begun, her design was revised several times to reflect war

  experience. These stoppages and changes prevented her from being completed during the war.


  Vanguard 's first task after completing her sea trial at the end of 1946 was, early the next year, to convey King George VI and his family on

  the first Royal Tour of South Africa by a reigning monarch. While refitting after her return, she was selected for another Royal Tour of

  Australia and New Zealand in 1948. This was cancelled, however, by King George's declining health, and Vanguard briefly became flagship

  of the Mediterranean Fleet in early 1949. After her return home in mid-1949, she became flagship of the Home Fleet Training Squadron.

  Throughout her career, the battleship usually served as the flagship of whichever unit she was assigned to. During the early 1950s,

  Vanguard was involved in a number of training exercises with NATO forces. In 1953 she participated in Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation

  Review. While she was refitting in 1955, the Admiralty announced that the ship was going to be put into reserve upon completion of the work

. Vanguard was sold for scrap and was broken up beginning in 1960.



Lt Cdr Michael Cox (left) receives the model from Mark Bunce


Ton Class Association member Andrew Wheatley who Crossed the Bar during 2014 left instructions that his extensive collection of books about ships & the sea plus the ships models he had constructed with considerable skill should be used to raise funds for the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT). It was discovered that model boat enthusiasts prefer to make models rather than buy them. So Andrew's stepson Mark Bruce decided to gift the model of HMS Kirkliston to the TCA. The association in turn decided to add this splendid model to the Ton Class section of the museum.



HMS KIRKLISTON Pennant No. M1157


Laid Down:  3rd February 1953  Built by: Harland & Wolff

Completed: 21st August 1954 Time to Build:  18 Months

Transferred: 25th October 1954 to 101st (RNVR) MSS as KILMOREY based Belfast

Converted to Minehunter 1962-1964 at Chatham

26 years Fully Operational

Outline of Operational Career:   25 Oct 54 Arrived Belfast as tender to Ulster RNR

 1954-1960 Home waters as RNR Ulster Tender

 Aug 1960 Reverted to RN. Conversion to Deltic Engines.

 7 May 1962 Commissioned for 50th MSS based Portland

 1 Oct 1962 50th MSS renamed 3rd MSS

 22 Nov 62 Decommissioned for conversion at Chatham

 Oct 1964 Joined 1st Minehunting Squadron at Port Edgar as SO

       1966 Joined 6th MSS based Singapore

       1970 Moved base to Hong Kong

 22 May 72 Sailed for UK – arrived Portsmouth 29 Aug 72

 Oct 72-Oct 73 Long Refit at Gibraltar (No Ships Company)

 1973-1982 Transferred to 10 MCMS for Forth Division. 1st RNR M/H

 1983-1985 Allocated to 2nd MCMS based Portsmouth


Significant Events:  18 Jul 67 Holed below waterline while recovering a steel US aircraft bombing target. 3 months repairs at Singapore.

 Sep-Oct 68 Deployment to NE Australia (Mackay & Cairns)

 Oct-Dec 84 Operation HARLING in Red Sea

Paid Off: 5th December 1985 Disposal : 20 Oct 91 to Brugse Scheepssloperj, Bruges , for b/u




A Matchstick Cruiser

V & W Destroyer D10 HMS INTREPID

Built in 1936 by J S White & CO

1370 Tons, Complement of 145

Attacked 27th September 1943 during a raid by a German JU-88 near the island of Leros she received two hits and capsized. 15 of her crew died.


A Daring Class destroyer 1930-1946

HMS COWSLIP K196 Flower Class Corvette

(to front)

HMS DECOY a Daring Class Destroyer circa 1950s



Mrs Sue Aldridge who lives in Ely wanted to find a good home for a collection of model ships owned by her late father-in-law ex Petty Officer Claude Frederick Robert Aldridge who served on them. Mrs Aldridge contacted Terry Strawson of Ely RNA who told her about the museum. She subsequently visited the MMM and was so pleased with what she saw that she has promised to donate more items in the near future.


Queen Mary 2

Not really RN but has served with the Armed forces

Radio Controlled MTB

Landing Party on MTB  P1011

HM Ships Leander & Leopard


pre public display