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

OTHER FIGHTING SHIPS

MEI YUAN river gunboats (1927-1928/1942-1946)

Mei Yuan 1942

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
梅原 <Mei Yuan> (ex-PR4 Tutuila)   Kiangnan Dock, Shanghai 10/1926 14/6/1927 3/1928 // 2/1942 discarded 1966
太原 <Tai Yuan> (ex-Tatara, ex-PR3 Wake, ex-PR3 Guam)   Kiangnan Dock, Shanghai 1926 28/5/1927 12/1927 // 1946 discarded 1966

 

Displacement standard, t

370

Displacement full, t

395

Length, m

45.7 wl 48.6 oa

Breadth, m

8.25

Draught, m

1.55 mean

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

1950

Max speed, kts

14.5

Fuel, t

oil 75
Endurance, nm (kts)  

Armament

2 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 3/5/6, 10 x 1 - 7.6/90

Complement

70

   

Ship project history: Mei Yuan was former American river gunboat PR4 Tutuila built in Shanghai. 19/3/1942 she was presented to China. Simultaneously by default also was presented her sister-ship PR3 Wake, captured by Japanese in 1941 and commissioned by IJN as Tatara. She was commissioned by Chinese Navy as Tai Yuan only in 1946.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Both since 1949 were a part of PRC Navy.

Mei Yuan 1947

 

Ivan Gogin, 2011-15