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PEOPLE`S LIBERATION ARMY NAVY (PEOPLE`S REPUBLIC OF CHINA)

COASTAL FORCES

SHI 34 motor torpedo boats (1936-1938)

Shi 34 1936

Names

34, 102, 181, 223 <Shi 34, 102, 181, 223>; 温42, 88, 93, 171 <Wen 42, 88, 93, 171>; 嚴53, 92, 161, 164 <Yan 53, 92, 161, 164> and 4 others

survived Wen 42, 88, 93, 171 and Yan 53, 161 and 164 were 9/1939 renamed as: 成功 <Chenggong>, 天祥 <Tiangxiang>, 忠武 <Chungmu>,  武穆<Wumu>, 西關 <Xiguan>, 亭武 <Tingbi>, 憲之 <Kefa>

Builders

Thornycroft, Woolston, UK: Shi 34, 102, 181, 223, Wen 42, 88, 93, 171, Yan 53, 92, 161, 164

Completed

1936: Shi 34, 102, 181, 223, Wen 42, 88, 93, 171

1938: Yan 53, 92, 161, 164

Losses

incomplete: 2 boats

requisitioned by United Kingdom: 2 boats (MTB26, 27)

Shi 34 (29/9/1937), Shi 102 (16/8/1937), Shi 181 (13/11/1937), Shi 223 (27/7/1938), Yan 92 (24/10/1938 captured by Japan), Chenggogng (9/1944), Tiangxiang (9/1944), Chungmu (9/1944), Wumu (9/1944), Xiguan (9/1944), Tingbi (9/1944), Kefa (9/1944)

Transfers

none

Discarding

none

  

Displacement standard, t

12.5

Displacement full, t

14

Length, m

16.8

Breadth, m

3.35

Draught, m

1.07

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Thornycroft petrol engines

Power, h. p.

1060

Max speed, kts

45

Fuel, t

petrol

Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

2 x 2 - 7.7/87, 2 - 450 TT

Complement

5

Ship project history: 8 first boat were ordered in 1935-1936: 4 for Canton squadron and 4 for Yangtze. Building numbers were 2324-2327 and 2336-2339). Other 8 boats were ordered in 1937 or 1938. 4 boats (building numbers 2389-2392) were transferred to Chinese Navy at Hong Kong in the mid-1938, and 2 (Nos2395, 2396), completed in September, 1938 and already delivered to Hong Kong, were requisitioned and in 1939 were commissioned by Royal Navy as MTB26 and 27.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2011-14