Book published by Coastal Craft, 48 pages. Rectangular A4 size booklet (N6701X1)
From the rear side cover: Produced by Noel Macklin's Fairmile Marine Company, these three designs were built at dozens of yards in the UK and around the world, mostly using a kit of parts supplied by Fairmile. This reduced the possibility of error in constructing the boats, and allowed them to be built in smaller yards. This 'Fairmile System' also used suppliers who hadn't previously made boat parts. The 'A' Motor Launch was the first of their designs to serve in the Royal Navy. Although only twelve were built, they saw long service as convoy escorts, minelayers, minesweepers and anti-submarine boats. The 'B' design served in huge numbers, in similar roles to the 'A' and also - despite their low top speed - as general-purpose gunboats, and stop-gap torpedo boats. The 'C' design was based on the A's hull, and served as a motor gunboat, mainly on east convoys. Both Bs and Cs saw service on special operations, and in Operation 'Chariot' lthe daring raid on the French port of St. Nazaire).
The profiles in this book - the fourth in the series - detail the colour schemes and equipment of the A, B and C in their roles as motor gun boats, motor torpedo boats and motor anti-submarine boats, with supporting text and captions.
Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a tiny amount of creasing in the extreme top right hand corner of the booklet, which extends through to the inside pages.