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RAF Refugee By Lawrence James
Followed by Ship Shape
TE Lawrence launch heads for RAF Hendon
12 May 2010
A HISTORIC RAF Seaplane Tender, devoloped by Lawrence of Arabia, is heading for RAF Hendon after taking its final trip on the water.
The small launch ST206 was used by the RAF to ferry passengers
and crew to and from the giant flying boats of the 1930s, and was
used as a fire tender and rescue launch during World War II.
The boat - the last to fly the Service ensign on water - made its fina
l trip around the south coast and up the Thames this week.
It will be laid up at the RAF Museum, Hendon, North London as
part of a permanent exhibition.
The launch was developed by TE Lawrence in his little-known
career after his famous desert exploits in World War I.
Churchill challenged Lawrence of Arabia (third from left) to a camel race in Egypt in 1921. Lawrence, of course, won
Thomas Edward Lawrence CB DSO (16 August 1888 – 19 May 1935) was a British archaeologist, military officer, and diplomat. He was renowned for his liaison ...
Buried at?: St Nicholas Church, Moreton, Dorset
Years of service?:1914–18; 1923–35
Rank Colonel and Aircraftman
He entered the RAF's Marine Section in 1925 under the pseudonym TE Shaw and worked with the British Power Boat
Company to develop faster and more effective rescue boats after witnessing a fatal seaplane crash in 1931.Lawrence
was a long time friend of Wing Commander Sydney Smith,the CO of RAF Cattle Water (later RAF Mountbatten),
who gave him the role of working with Hubert Scott-Paine, the BritishPower Boat Company chief designer, to develop
new, faster boats for the RAF.
ST 206 is one of the boats on which Lawrence performed the sea
trials, broke the speed record, and created the hard chine planing
boats that became the British Power Boat Company Series 200.
The project made a vital contribution to speed boat design and
ensured that the new generation of boats specially designed to
pilots during World War II were faster and more effective.
The RAF used them as transport and long-range escort bomber aircraft in Coastal Command.
ST206 was built to service the Short Sunderland and will join the RAF Museums Sunderland on display at Hendon.
A museum spokesman said: "Nearly every major port in England was used as a rescue base and ST206 visited many
former seaplane bases on her journey where the RNLI had offered their facilities."
The RAF Marine Section was formed in 1918 under the motto: 'The Sea Shall Not Have Them' and the service saved
13,000 lives during World War II.
Lawrence, Emir Abdullah, Air Marshal Sir Geoffrey Salmond, Sir Herbert Samuel H.B.M. high commissioner and Sir Wyndham Deedes and others in Jerusalem
Emir Faisal's party at Versailles, during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Left to right: Rustum Haidar, Nuri as-Said, Prince Faisal (front), Captain Pisani (rear), Lawrence, Faisal's servant (name unknown), Captain Hassan Khadri