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MGB502 motor gun boats (1941)

Gay Viking 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
MGB502 (ex-MTB502), 1945- MGB2002   Camper & Nicholson, Gosport     2/1941 sunk 12/5/1945
MGB503 (ex-MTB503), 1945- MGB2003   Camper & Nicholson, Gosport     2/1941 stricken 1945/47
Hopewell (ex-MGB504, ex-MTB504), 1944- MGB504, 1945- MGB2004   Camper & Nicholson, Gosport     2/1941 stricken 1945/47
Nonsuch (ex-MGB505, ex-MTB505), 1944- MGB505, 1945- MGB2005   Camper & Nicholson, Gosport     2/1941 stricken 1945/47
Gay Viking (ex-MGB506, ex-MTB506)   Camper & Nicholson, Gosport     2/1941 sunk 1944
Gay Corsair (ex-MGB507, ex-MTB507), 1944 - MGB507, 1945- MGB2007   Camper & Nicholson, Gosport     2/1941 sunk 22/5/1945
Master Standfast (ex-MGB508, ex-MTB508)   Camper & Nicholson, Gosport     2/1941 sunk 1943
MGB509 (ex-MTB509), 1945- MGB2009, 1947- P5559   Camper & Nicholson, Gosport     2/1941 stricken 1948

 

Displacement standard, t

86.5

Displacement full, t

102.5

Length, m

35.7

Breadth, m

5.82

Draught, m

1.31 deep load

No of shafts

3

Machinery

MGB502 - 508: Paxman diesels

MGB509: Packard petrol engines

Power, h. p.

MGB502 - 508: 3000

MGB509: 3750

Max speed, kts

MGB502, 503: 28

MGB509: 31

blockade runners: 22 loaded

Fuel, t

MGB502 - 508: diesel oil 22700 l

MGB509: petrol 22700 l

Armament

1 x 1 - 57/43 6pdr 7cwt QF Mk II, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 1 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 2 - 12.7/62, 2 x 2 - 7.7/94, 4 DC

MGB509: 2 x 1 - 57/43 6pdr 7cwt QF Mk II, 1 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 2 - 12.7/62, 2 x 2 - 7.7/94, 2 DC

blockade runners: 1 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 2  - 7.7/94

Military load blockade runners: 45t of cargo

Complement

21

Ship project history: A series was of 8 boats was built by order of Turkey, but confiscated by Admiralty. 5 boats are rebuilt  as blockade-runners for export of nickel ore from ports of Sweden and served under a merchant flag. Only MGB502, 503 and 509 were completed as MGB.

Modernizations: 1944, MGB504, 505, 507: were armed as other MGBs.

1945, MGB2009: was re-engined. 1 Packard petrol engine on center shaft was replaced by Gatric gas turbine. Engine power was 5200hp summary and maximal speed rose up to 34kts. Armament was removed.

Naval service: No significant events.

blockade runner of MGB502 class

MGB502

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10