GERMAN TORPEDO BOAT
SCHNELLBOOT (FAST BOAT)
British designation using the letter E for Enemy, were
primarily used by Germany during WWII to patrol the
Baltic Sea and the English Channel in order to intercept
shipping heading for the English ports in the south and
beginning of World War II the Friedrich Lurssen shipyard
pioneered work to develop a fast, seaworthy
speedboat as pleasure craft. Being capable of very
high speed in heavy seas and having great maneuverability,
the designs made torpedo boats in no time during war
time, not having to undergo any major
class was the most popular. They were very seaworthy,
heavily armed, and fast – capable of sustaining 43.5
knots (80.6 kmh or 50.1 mph) and briefly accelerating
to 48 knots (89 kmh; 55 mph).
Emerged from the North Sea mist, launched their
torpedo's and disappeared just as quickly, S-100 were
sometimes called the "Greyhounds of the Sea".
These 114'10" (35 meters) long diesel-engine
crafts also had substantially longer range than the gasoline-fueled American
and British PT boats (700 vs 213 nautical miles).
allied PT boats, German S-100 were much sleeker and
had a deeper round bottom
design, more suitable for heavy seas.
During World War II, E-boats sank 12 destroyers, one
submarine, 11 minesweepers, a minelayer, eight landing
ships, a torpedo boat, six MTBs. They also
downed 101 merchant ships, totaling 214,728 tons and
damaged two cruisers, five destroyers, three landing
ships, a repair ship, a naval tug and numerous merchant
vessels. Sea mines laid by the E-boats sunk 37 merchant ships totaling
148,535 tons, a destroyer, two minesweepers and four
In recognition of their service, the members of E-boat
crews were awarded 23 Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
and 112 German Cross in Gold.
In August of 1945, future US president
John F. Kennedy visited defeated Germany with US Navy
Secretary James Forrestal. As a former PT boat captain,
he was naturally interested in the German counterpart so
he made a point of carefully inspecting an "E-Boat" at
Bremen. Kennedy's diary records his conclusion:
the Schnellboot was "far superior to our PT boat."
S-100 German torpedo boat
hull construction (very important), weighing
less than 10 lbs
(A solid hull of this model would be over 20 lbs
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
- Scratch built, with over 95% of parts are wood and metal
- Weathered appearance to
(1 meter) long x 10" tall x 6" wide
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