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IRISH NAVAL SERVICE (EIRE)

COASTAL FORCES

M1 motor torpedo boats (1940-1943)

M6 1943

Names

M1 - 6

Builders

Thornycroft, Southampton, UK: M1 - 6

Completed

1940: M1 - 3

1942: M4, 5

1943: M6

Losses

None

Transfers

None

Discarding

1948: M1 - 6

Displacement standard, t

32

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

22.0

Breadth, m

5.00

Draught, m

1.15

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Isotta-Fraschini petrol engines

Power, h. p.

2300

Max speed, kts

40

Fuel, t

petrol

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

2 x 1 - 12.7/62, 2 x 1 - 533 TT, DC

Complement

12

Ship project history: Thornycroft 72ft MTBs, first two were orderered by Ireland in May, 1939, remaining four in September, 1939. Under some data, originally all of part of boats were ordered by Estonia. Close on construction to British MTB24. Wooden hard-chine stepped hull. "Isotta-Fraschini" petrol engines, however it is possible, that last three boats were equipped with 4 650hp "Thornycroft" V12 engines.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2011-16