Re: Philippine Motor Torpedo Boats of WW2
Posted by: JAKW2
Date: November 24, 2018 12:12PM
There is a set of official pictures taken in Manilla Bay of the Phil. Army Patrol Boat numbered`Q.1.`dated 03/13/39.
So initially, this boat was numbered Q.1 after its arrival in the Philippines. Later it became Q.112 and was named Abra.
Regarding this boat The Philippine Magazine for April 1939 published the following:
First of Philippine Army's torpedo boats is unloaded from S.S. Mecklenburg.
It is 55 feet long, with 11-foot beam, draws less than 2-1/2 feet water at full speed, and can go over 50 miles an hour.
It is propelled by gasoline motors and equipped with torpedo-tubes, mine-layers, machine-guns, and other armaments, and is considered superior to Italian and English torpedo boats now patrolling Mediterranean.
It was built by Thornycroft Company of England and is planned to buy 3 a year so that by 1946 Army will have a fleet of 30, costing about P 5,000,000.`