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Can you name this boat at Brighton Marina?

Brighton Marina from cliffs above.
Michael Clark

I took this picture from the cliffs above the site of the Brighton Marina. I think it may have been in the mid 1970’s when I was interested in photography. My question is can anyone name the boat that is in the photo, was it used as a restaurant when the marina was finished, when did it leave the marina and where did it go?

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  • Thanks for sharing the photo with us, Michael ; it’s a good one.
    I’m pleased to say it’s the Motor Vessel Medina. It served as clubhouse for the Brighton Marina Yacht Club.
    Checking with a guide : she “was built in 1931 as one of the first diesel-powered ships in commercial use [beginning] her life as the Southampton to Isle of Wight ferry. After the Second World War, she ran between Gibraltar and North Africa, and while in this role she ‘starred’ with Alec Guiness in the film ‘The Captain’s Paradise’. A restaurant is also available to the public aboard Medina, offering a wide selection of top quality food and wines …” (from p.30 of a large 50p. guide published by Brighton Marina Co., Ltd., circa 1980.)
    There were “Exhibition Moorings” in the western end of the Inner Harbour (now the site of the Asda car park).
    – Hopefully someone will tell us what became of M.V. Medina after this time ?

    By Sam Flowers (05/07/2020)
  • There is a great deal of information about this vessel on google, apparently it was sold in 1962 but no info about when it was scrapped although you might be able to find pictures of it being scrapped.

    By Mr K I Ross (10/07/2020)

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