Goatley Boat

  • World War II
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

Seldom discussed, the unique (and short lived) ''Goatley Boat'' (named for it's designer Fred Goatley), was a collapsable Vessel, weighing (assembled) 300-lbs. Made of wooden slats with canvas sides, The Goatley Boat was envisioned as a means of river (water) transport for British Elite Commando Units. Carried by a number of soldiers in a Squad (or as part of a Company equiptment issue), the craft could be put together by just (2) men. Once completed, The Goatley coud transport (without engine), roughly 10 Commandos. As primitive as they were, The Goatley wer made good use of by British Forces when the final push into both Occupied Europe (Belgium, Netherlands etc.) and later Germany. Many late World War II Commando Operations (1944-1945) used The Goatley Boat.