January 6, 2013: The motor launch Hyperion at Watchet Harbour, Watchet, Somerset, England. The launch is intended to be exhibited in the floating museum, hopefully by the summer of 2013.  Hyperion was at Normandy in the early hours of 6 June 1944 and became the smallest craft to reach Normandy on D-Day under her own power.

19 August 1944, during the afternoon, Hyperion took H.M. King George VI and Mr. Anthony Eden, then Foreign Secretary, giving them and their party a tour of the Mulberry harbours and anchorages. Hyperion also took part in the liberation of the Channel Islands during June of 1945. Hyperion, a 44 foot motor launch, was ordered from J. S. White of Cows, Isle of White in 1940 and completed February 1943 (works number 5102).  Allocated to the R.A.S.C. (Royal Army Service Corps), later R.C.T. (Royal Corps of Transport).
(Photo and text courtesy of Philip J. Heydon, I.S.M.)
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