The Medusa Trust

The Medusa Trust is a registered charity, formed in 2002, that is the legal entity owning Medusa. The Trust is responsible for major fund raising and overall strategy and direction of Medusa with the objective of keeping her at sea as an operational vessel.

HMS Medusa is entirely run by volunteers which keeps costs to a minimum but we still need to raise around £20,000 a year to keep her in good condition and seaworthy.  It costs £8000 a time to fill her up with fuel, £5000 for her annual lift out, inspection and paint plus safety equipment, insurance etc.  We rely entirely on the generosity of sponsors, donors and legacies to keep this important vessel alive.  

We are grateful for any donation or legacy to help keep this important part of our nation’s naval heritage alive for future generations.  

Medusa Trustees

  • Alan Watson OBE, Chairman and Captain of Medusa
  • Lord Strathalmond
  • RAdm Jude Terry OBE
  • Hon Mary Montagu-Scott DL
  • Julian James, Esq

Patron: The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq

The Medusa Trust is a Company Limited by guarantee.
Company number 4550179, registered in Cardiff.
Registered Office: Holt House. Seale Road, Elstead, Surrey,  GU8 6LF
Registered Charity No: 1133706

HMS Medusa Support Group

Medusa Support Group

The day to day running and maintenance of Medusa is carried out by our volunteer Support Group who exist to maintain and operate Medusa. Group members include former HDML crew members, those with a maritime background, those with skills, those that want to learn and those that want to offer their support.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest. There is a working party on board most Saturdays and the vessel is at sea, on average, one day per week during the summer with at least one longer summer deployment. As well as work, there is a strong social aspect.

If you would like to be part of keeping this wonderful vessel in operation, please make contact via email.


Systems & Safety

Medusa is coded for commercial operation by the MCA as Category 3 which is up 20 miles from safe haven day or night.  She is inspected every year to make sure she continues to meet the stringent requirements for coding which is a thick MCA document, MGN480.

One of the requirements of coding is that we have a ship’s training manual and a ship’s handbook, which, between them, cover ship systems and safety equipment. 

These are required reading for seagoing crew and can be read or downloaded from the links below.

HMS Medusa Support Group

Companies who have supported us

We would like to thank the managers and staff from the companies listed below who have “gone the extra mile” to help Medusa back into service and continue to support her operation.

  • Wessex Petroleum, Hythe
  • Eling Studios, Eling
  • Hythe Marine Services, Hythe
  • Tubeform Technology, Poole
  • Travis Perkins, Southampton
  • MDL, Saxon Wharf
  • Dartside Quay, Galmpton
  • Gardner Marine Diesels, Canterbury
  • A & S Scaffolding, Marchwood
  • King Lifting, Marchwood
  • General Estates, Hythe
  • Weymouth Precision Engineers, Weymouth
  • The Maritime Workshop, Gosport
  • FM Boat maintenance, Fawley
  • Friendly Architecture, Hythe
  • Timbmet, Oxford
  • Trinity Marine, Exeter
  • Boatfolk, Haslar Marina
  • The Worshipful Company of Girdlers
  • Solent Welding and Fabrication
  • Litrus, Hamble Point
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