THE USN P22 TRUST REGISTERED CHARITY: 1176711
The P22 Rhine Patrol vessel is now based in Sandwich, Kent, UK and berthed at the Quay. In January 2017 she became a Charitable Trust and the trustees and volunteers are committed to keeping her maintained and fully operational
P22 is now closed for the Winter except for special events. The dates of these events will be listed here.
The vessel will be open again at weekends and for charters in April.
For information regarding chartering P22 please use the contact form here
The P22 Gunboat is truly a unique historic vessel as she was built by the Germans to an American design and was initially operated by the US Navy from 1952-1958. By 1958 Germany had a stable government and was permitted to establish a peacekeeping army and all 17 of these patrol vessels were handed to the German army who continued the work of surveying the Southern Rhine and fully re-opening it for commercial traffic. By the end of the 1960’s this work had been completed and the vessels were all sold off. so far as we’re aware, the P22 is the only remaining vessel of the class remaining fully operational.
The USN P22 is a charitable Trust and a working Museum and during the Summer will be open for visits at weekends. In particular a warm welcome is provided for any war veterans of any Nationality who can meet up and share their stories in a unique historical environment and weather permitting possibly taking a trip into the bay to give them a real historical nudge.
The vessel has a passenger certificate for up to 12 passengers on the river Stour down to the mouth of the Estuary in Pegwell Bay.