Goatley boat

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Goatley collapsible boat
Goatley collapsible boat

The Goatley boat was a collapsible boat built for military use. The boat had a wooden bottom and canvas sides and could carry ten men, yet it weighed only around 150 kilograms (330 lb). Assembly time was estimated at two minutes with two men. The boat was designed by, and named after, Fred Goatley of Saunders-Roe, and used in a number of commando and other operations by the British Forces during World War II. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Approximately 1000 Goatley boats were ordered by the War Office during World War II. [5]

See also


  1. Ladd, James D. (1983). SBS, the invisible raiders: the history of the Special Boat Squadron from World War Two to the present. Arms and Armour Press.
  2. Forty, George (2002). Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark. Pen and Sword.
  3. Neville, Martin (21 February 2009). "Fight for recognition for unsung hero". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. Rees, Quentin (2008). The Cockleshell Canoes. Amberley.
  5. "Cockleshell Canoes". historylearningsite.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2014.