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Part of the top secret remote control mechanism involving valves and gyros.<br />
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The world's first drone boat is rediscovered - after 100 years in the shadows.<br />
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A historic British torpedo boat, which was converted into the world's first remotely controlled 'drone vessel' as part of a top secret project at the end of the Great War has been painstakingly researched and restored after being discovered rotting in a West country boatyard.<br />
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The pioneering CMB9/DCB1 was one of 12 Coastal Motor Boats (CMBs) built by the Admiralty in 1916 to target German destroyers.<br />
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The fast, lightweight 40ft motor torpedo boat, which could travel at 40 knots, sunk the German destroyer G88 off Zebrugge in Belgium in 1917.<br />
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Subsequently, it was one of four vessels converted into Distance Control Boats (DCBs) for top secret trials to see if unmanned patrol boats with torpedoes could be radio controlled via aircraft and directed towards enemy targets.<br />
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The boat was found in a sorry state covered in brambles in a boat yard in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, by marine surveyor Robert Morley a decade ago, who has spent tens of thousands of pounds restoring and researching it's colourful history.