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VEDENIA motor torpedo boats (1943-1944)

Vantul 1943

Names

4 Vedenia (ex-S203, ex-TM63); 5 Vantul (ex-S204, ex-TM64); 6 Vijelia (ex-S205, ex-TM65); 7 Viforul (ex-S206, ex-TM66); 8 Vartejul (ex-S207, ex-TM67); 9 Vulcanul (ex-S208, ex-TM68)

Builders

Gusto, Schiedam, Netherlands // Santieri Galati, Galatz: Vedenia, Vantul, Vijelia, Viforul, Vartejul, Vulcanul

Commissioned

late 1943: Vedenia, Vantul, Vijelia

4-5/1944: Viforul, Vartejul, Vulcanul

Losses

Vedenia (5/9/1944 Soviet TK-951), Vantul (5/9/1944 Soviet TK-952), Vijelia (5/9/1944 Soviet TK-953), Viforul (5/9/1944 Soviet TK-954), Vartejul (5/9/1944 Soviet TK-956), Vulcanul (5/9/1944 Soviet TK-957)

Transfers

none

Discarding

none

 

Displacement standard, t

30.8

Displacement full, t

38.3

Length, m

21.4

Breadth, m

6.05

Draught, m

1.14

No of shafts

3

Machinery

Rolls-Royce Merlin petrol engines

Power, h. p.

2850

Max speed, kn

35

Fuel, t

petrol 11

Armament

2 x 1 - 20/80 Hispano, 2 - 533 TT, 2 DCR (6)

Complement

14

Ship project history: Dutch MTBs of TM52 class built by Gusto in Schiedam under the licence of British Power Boat. Dutch numbers were, presumably, TM62-67. In May, 1940 they were captured by German troops on slipways and enlisted as S203-208, in the end of 1941 they were sold incomplete to Romania, arrived across Danube to Galatz 20/3/1942, by the way received ice damages. Boats were outfitted, engined and armed since June, 1942 at Galatz. Hull numbers were 4-9. Actually in absence of clutches of propeller shafts and of some other systems boats were disabled long-term time. Vedenia, Vantul and Vulcanul were ultimately completed by the end of 1943, three others only in April-May, 1944. Wooden hull. Maintenance of British Rolls-Royce Merlin III petrol engines in view of absence of spare parts was interfaced to considerable difficulties.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: All were returned to Galatz 12/10/1945, but in view of bad technical condition and absence of spare parts boats were never commissioned again and later BU.

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15