Throwback Thursday: Unsolved Mystery

This week, not only do we have “throwback” photos for you…we have an unsolved mystery. And we need YOU to help solve it. A gentleman in the UK recently found prow of an old Folbot. And he’d like more information about it. Read his story below.

“I am a retired British Police Chief. My hobby revolves around buying interesting items at auctions and researching them. I have bought, what I call ‘the prow of a boat or yacht’. It has a white enamel plate (2 inches by 2.5 inches) on the top and on this plate is a triangular flag on a flag pole. The flag has red, white and blue vertical stripes but chevron in shape. In the centre of the flag is a round red circle with a white yacht on it. Below the flag in black are the letters ‘T.C. and then the numbers ’17’ under which is a line and then ‘1942’.
The ‘prow’ is just over ten inches long, ‘V’ shaped, and 6.5 inches at the widest point. On either side at the front is a blue disc with two circles on it. The centre circle has the word ‘ FOLBOT’ in large letters and in the outter circle the words ‘British built’.”

Prow Plate Folbot Flag

Soooooo….any leads for our friend? If you have any ideas, comment or drop us a line at info@folbot.com.

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One thought on “Throwback Thursday: Unsolved Mystery

  1. A little Google searching turns up a few interesting links:
    Try this in Google: special boat service world war 2 FOLBOT
    And this: FOLBOT 1945 BRITISH

    They both turn up some links worth reading. In brief scanning, I am not sure they are truly war canoes, and sure cannot reconcile the “British Built” and “Folbot” insignia. Anyway, search yourself, or follow the links below.
    …Steve Cosner
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    From Folbot’s own forum, 2007, on WW2 canoes:
    http://www.folbotforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=2071#p12699

    From: http://archive.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/12/submarines/clandestine.htm
    ” including the forerunners of the present Special Boat Service (SBS) and Combined Operations Pilotage Parties (COPPs), in two-man collapsible canoes, or “folbots” launched from submarines offshore. ”

    From a comment following this blog:
    Arnhem Jim, “The War Canoes of World War II – Cockleshell Heroes “: http://arnhemjim.blogspot.com/2012/01/war-canoes-of-world-war-ii-cockleshell.html
    The comment: …in all caps for you hard-of-hearing folks 😉
    “I HAVE SENT JIM A FEW DETAILS ABOUT HIS PIECE AS THERE ARE INACCURACIES WITHIN PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS… I AM THE QUENTIN REES, THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK ‘COCKLESHELL CANOES’ – BRITISH MILITARY CANOES OF WW2.

    THE LIST THAT HAS BEE USED ARE INCORRECT… THESE CANOES WERE NEVER DESIGNATED AS FOLBOTS THIS IS OR WAS A INCORRECT TERM USED UNTIL MY BOOK….. THE WW2 CANOES WERE DESIGNATED AS ‘COCKLES’ “

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