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      A motorcycling owner of an Atalanta was chatting to another biker and the subject of Uffa Fox and the Atalanta came up.
      This particular Atalanta was built by its first owner and photos of the hull in build were shared.

      The biker friend did not realise at first she was a yacht and was convinced he had seen a boat like her before.
      He trawled the inter-web and came up with pictures of the boat he thought he had seen being built – Coastal Motor Boats from the First Word War. Later referred to as the ‘Spitfires of the Seas’ or ‘Hornets of the Sea’ these boats bear some remarkable similarities to our own charges.
      Most of the photos below are copyright of the Imperial War Museum and reproduced under their licence for non commercial use.

      BBC Spitfire of the Seas 100 years in 2016

      Coastal Motor Boat

      Although not really AOA business at all, the boats looked fascinating and sparked a happy hour on the internet reading about them.
      If you are interested you can find more at:

      BBC 2016 News Item

      Imperial War Museum Collection

      Shipping Wonders of the World

      History Hit – Hornets of the Sea

      Spitfires of the Sea – An Offensive Need

      The Great War – Hit and Run MTB in World War 1 – interesting video if you stick with it despite the presenter

      The Society for Nautical Research

      Imperial War Museum Coastal Motor Boat

      Imperial War Museum Coastal Motor Boat

      Coastal Motor Boat

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