The Fairmile MGB / MTB/ FPB, Coastal Craft History Volume 3, profiles and text by Mark Smith

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The Fairmile MGB / MTB/ FPB, Coastal Craft History Volume 3, profiles and text by Mark Smith
Subtitled 'Motor Gun Boat, Motor Torpedo Boat and Fast Patrol Boat'

Book published by Coastal Craft, 48 pages. Rectangular A4 size booklet (N6831)

From the rear side cover: The Fairmile 'D' was often known as the 'Dog Boat', and was the most numerous British 'long' MTB to serve in the Second World War.

Produced by Noel Macklin's Fairmile Marine Company, it followed their three earlier Motor Launch and Motor Gun Boat designs. Fairmile's boats were built at dozens of yards in the UK and around the world, 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 D was designed as a pure gun boat (MGB) with enough speed and guns to take on the S-boats which were such a threat to coastal convoys and the smaller 'short' MTBs. Although never as fast as the S-boats, the D was eventually fitted with heavier guns, and was capable of tackling much larger opponents. Most gun boats were refitted with two torpedo tubes, or built as MTBs with two or four tubes. Fairmile's innovation also included deck fittings which allowed new weaponry to be added quickly. A few Os continued in service into the 19505, acting as Leaders for the postwar 'short' MTBs.

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.