The Medusa Trust

The Medusa Trust, a registered charity, exists to preserve HMS Medusa, ML1387, for future generations and use her to provide benefit to the public who can experience what it was like to be on a small naval vessel of WW2.

As well as the vessel we maintain an extensive archive of documents, photographs and records of all the 480 HDMLs and their crews. We are always keen to receive new material and records of experiences on these vessels.

Medusa is recognised as being one of the vessels selected to represent the nation's maritime heritage by her inclusion in the National Historic Fleet.

Medusa has undergone a major refit mainly funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.  The work has been done in conjunction with The Maritime Workshop of Gosport and has provided an opportunity to young shipwrights to learn and practice traditional shipbuilding skills. Medusa was re-launched on 1 March 2010 and re-dedicated at a ceremony attended by HRH the Princess Royal on 21 October 2010. At this ceremony Medusa was presented with the first of the new Historic Ships  Red Ensign.

Medusa is entirely funded by donations and operated by volunteers.  If you would like to help with crewing, maintenance or just be part of the Medusa team, please go to the Support Group page on this web site.

We would like to thank all those companies who helped us during the refit and continue to support Medusa, please follow this link to see the full list.







Medusa Trust Contacts:

Alan Watson, Pine House, 59 Merdon Avenue, Chandlers Ford, Hants SO53 1GD, Tel 07836 364960
E mail


Latest News...April 2013


Mike Boyce, who has been Medusa's skipper since 1968 decided 45 years in command was enough and command was handed over to Alan Watson on April 21st at Portland.  It's down to Mike's stewardship that the vessel is around today and has a future to look forward to.  We all wish him a long and happy retirement.



You can track our location when we are at sea

on AIS, just follow the link below.

Medusa AIS




Medusa flying the new ensign at the gaff with HMS warrior in the background








Medusa coming off the slip at Hythe 1 March 2010 .









Medusa entering harbour May 2012

Picture: John Homer




Medusa at the Southampton Maritime Festival May 2013

Picture: Nigel Smith



Heritage Lottery Fund


The Prism Fund