SRN4 Hovercraft Restoration

£8,440 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 96 people in 30 months
Restoring ex Cross Channel hovercraft The Princess Anne for the Nation
The trustees are delighted that after submitting our proposal and having worked closely with the Homes & Communities Agency we are able to now move forward in preserving the last of the giant cross channel Mountbatten class hovercraft, SRN4 ‘The Princess Anne’, for the nation.

The agreement between the two organisations will allow the Hovercraft Museum Trust to take ownership of the craft once the structure has been stabilised and the exterior has been restored on the basis that all the conditions as detailed by HCA are met.

We now will look forward to welcoming more volunteers to help us in restoring ‘The Princess Anne’ to her former glory in her 1970's livery of red, white and blue.

She travelled across the channel for 33 years carrying over 10 million cars and vehicles in her lifetime and still holds the record for the worlds fastest ferry with a cruising speed of 65Knots and holds the fastest channel crossing record at just 22minutes, Dover to Calais!

Whether you can paint, clean, work on mechanics and electrics or act as one of our friendly stewards we will be very pleased to hear from you.

In the short term, money raised by the gofundme page will be used by both volunteers (as much as possible) and professionals to make her roof watertight and to make her structurally sound as well as sprucing up her exterior. The money will pay for repair materials, paint and, where only necessary, labour.

Also, we are now undertaking structural surveys of the craft to get a complete picture of what other monies we may have to spend in the future to ensure she will be in a safe and presentable static condition.

This is why we are asking for your help in ensuring this great peice of british innovation and engineering is preserved and opend to the public as soon as possible.

Please visit our website
or our facebook page
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Many thanks in advance for helping us to save this craft for future genrations

The Trustees and Volunteers
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Update 3
Posted by Ben Avery
6 months ago
Thank you again for all of your continued support for this project.
We are very pleased to announce that since our last update, National Historic Ships UK, the advisory body to the government for historic vessels, has now included The Princess Anne onto the Historic Ships Register!
This is a very important first step to securing her long term future.
Other work has continued thanks to the tireless efforts of the volunteers at the Hovercraft Museum that include more re-painting of the exterior of the craft, the re-commissioning of the 24v lighting and associated power systems as well as more roof repairs.

stay up to date by following the Hovercraft Museum on Facebook and the specific SRN4 Restoration page as well
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Update 2
Posted by Ben Avery
9 months ago
Thank you so much for all of your support so far, your donations have enabled us to really move ahead with painting the outside of the craft and to continue structural and internal works as the weather has improved.

Our next big task after completing the painting is to stop water ingress from the roof, by no means a cheap or easy task, so continued support is most gratefuly recieved!

Don’t forget, you can visit any Saturday from 10am til 4pm here at the Hovercraft Museum.

Keep up to date with progress on this project, special events, entry fees and other opening times via our Facebook Page (TheHovercraftMuseum) or through our website
The new (1978!) “Seaspeed” livery starting to be applied around the bow!
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Update 1
Posted by Ben Avery
21 months ago
Courtesy of the Hovercraft Museum FB page - thank you all so much for your kind donations, none of the following could have happened without your help!


What a busy few months since the last update! One of the major operations from our list has been completed and a number of other cosmetic jobs have been carried out, all helping to make ‘Anne’ as I keep saying, “look like a hovercraft again”

All four propellers now sit proudly atop their pylons, with all of the cowlings/covers in place. This was a major undertaking due to all of the necessary heavy lifting equipment, health and safety considerations and weather ( of course it was windy when we opted to do it!) Huge thanks to all of our kind volunteers who helped with this task and our neighbour, MRB Transport for assisting with the Crane. ( look out for a short film of this – coming soon)
Our midweek volunteer team have replaced the hinges and refitted both forward emergency exit doors, with the fresh paint showing how good the craft will look.

Finally, the Radars have been replaced on top of the cockpit after being refinished and a large, unsightly and redundant power cable has been removed.
Next, we are preparing for the polishing of the Makrolon Bow windows that have gone hazy over time and the first stage of the painting by building safe work towers to access the fore decks that must be replaced beforehand.
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Raised by 96 people in 30 months
Created 2 August 2016
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Please accept this additional donation. It’s great to see the progress being made & we look forward to paying another visit soon to the continuing hard work for ourselves. Keep up the good work!

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