THE USN P22 TRUST REGISTERED CHARITY: 1176711
USN P22 is now registered on the National Historic Ships Register No: 3615
The P22 Rhine Patrol vessel is now based in Sandwich, Kent, UK and berthed at the Quay. In January 2018 she became a Charitable Trust and the trustees and volunteers are committed to keeping her maintained and fully operational
We are now closed for visits at weekends until the Spring except for special events.
We are currently short of volunteers so if you can spare some time to help out with showing visitors around the boat at weekends or other general maintenance work please use contact us via this link
20/03/19: P22 departing from Sandwich for Dover
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 historic “experience” and during the Summer is open for visits at weekends ( sufficient volunteers permitting!) In particular a warm welcome is provided for any war veterans of any Nationality in a unique historical environment and, weather permitting, possibly take a trip to the the mouth of the River Stour at Pegwell Bay passing several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and historic quays.