She fought them every inch of the way – but one of the grand old ladies of the hovercraft era was in her final resting place.
Experts battled to haul the world’s largest and fastest hovercraft out of the water at Lee-on-the-Solent.
Onlookers said it was as if SRN4 Swift knew it were her final long voyage and she had to be dragged reluctantly ashore.
For those who spearheaded the mission to bring her to the Solent as the focal-point of a planned hovercraft museum, it meant a huge sigh of relief.
Trustee Warwick Jacobs said: ‘It’s a tremendous sight to see her here. It means she is safe. If we hadn’t taken her, she would have been used for spares.’
SRN4 Swift held the records for the fastest channel crossing and longest hovercraft tow.