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Re: Mystery Patrol Craft about 1942-43
I have the German Weyers booklet "Taschenbuch der Kriegs Flotten 1941/42.
And indeed it shows a very small-scale silhouette of the Kustenwachtboote (Coast Guard vessel) G 20-29 of the Mexican Navy that matches the photograph. It mentions a displacement of 160t and a speed of 26kn, built in 1934-36
After reading that the US modernized Latin American navies in WW2,I went thru my books
and found that this ship looks like to the Mexican Navy G class Gunboats. They weren't named rather they were lettered numbered. The class consisted of G20-G29.
Built in Spain in the mid 1930's(1934-1935)for their launching. This is still a guess on my part.
Does any one have any Janes Fighting Ships from the 1930's to the 1950's to help confirm or dispute my guess.
There is a microfilm collection at NARA of all(?) 19-N photos that were in the BuShips Collection of photos in about 1946, called 19-Z. These images were photocopies taken by a camera of prints. The images are in numerical order, but not necessarily in chronological order. They were numbered in the order "received". The microfilm images are generally pretty poor, but they serve as a resource in locating photos where the prints are missing in the print collections of the 19-LCM (BuShips) photos.
Before NARA was closed for the Damn Virus, I was going through the microfilm rolls these images are on, using an OLD microfilm reader at NARA. Most photos are of USN warships that can be readily identified. Many have labels on them that ID the date and ship. However, I came across some photos that were of ships I didn't recognize and that could be USCG or even foreign ships being worked on in the USN yards. The following three images is of one of these ships. I took cell phone images of the microfilm reader screen (better reproduction job than the print function on this old machine).
Anyone recognize the ship? There are no visible names or hull numbers. Even which yard the photos were taken isn't clear to me. The USN overhauled Mexican, Cuban, and several South American warships during WWII. This ship could be one of those. It doesn't appear to be a converted "yacht", but may have been a private ship acquired as a patrol craft. The armament consists of two 20-mm guns and a few depth charges.
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