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MTB 28

MTB 28

Built by Thornycroft (Southampton) and powered by 3 Isotta Fraschini petrol engines giving 3,600 B.H.P. for a top speed of 42 knots, or 40 knots in service condition, she was delivered to the RN in July 1940.
MTB 28 operated as part of the 4th Flotilla based at Felixstowe, Dover, and Harwich from 1

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She was built to replace MTB23, a Vosper design which was sold to the Royal Roumanian Navy in 1940. 6 similar boats were built for the Irish Naval Service from 1939 to 1942. They were numbered M1 to M6.

My records show that this boat was powered by 3 Isotta Fraschini petrol engines giving 3,600 B.H.P. for a top speed of 42 knots, or 40 knots in service condition. Some boats of similar design were fitted with Sterling motors of similar horsepower, but these were considerably heavier than the Italian engines preferred by Vosper, who were the British importers until Mussolini chose to join the Axis forces.
 

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Cheers Roy, Font of knowledge mate!
I'll update the details.
It must have been an amazing feeling at the helm of these powerful beasts!
 

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By the "A" pennant streaming out, she must be at full throttle. So that's like facing a full gale of wind in your face! She should be easy to handle in harbour, with all that power she would have good brakes. I did handle a Fairey Swordsman, but she could only reach 30 knots at full power. Great fun though!

Cheers!
 

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