Product images of 'Motor launch', 1943
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'Motor launch', 1943
Scale: 1:24. A full hull exhibition model of the Fairmile type B, port three quarter view. It's decked and equipped, has "ML 112" on the port and starboard bows and is flying a Union Jack and white ensign.
These launches were 112 feet in length overall, with a displacement of sixty-five tons. Their armament consisted of twin pom-poms located forward, a three pounder aft, two 0.303 machine guns twelve depth charges in chutes, and a two inch Y-gun thrower. At a speed of twelve knots they had a range of 1500 nautical miles, but could operate at twenty knots. In all around 650 were built. The kits for making up the 'Fairmile B Type' consisted of six packages, with each package being designed to fit in a standard fifteen ton lorry. The Fairmile yard staggered the delivery of these packages to local boatyards to ensure that production was not interrupted and also that a backlog of parts did not build up. The kits were sent to boatyards large and small around the UK and, eventually, around the world.
- Image reference: F7887-002
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London