The International Naval Research Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the study of naval vessels and their histories, principally in the era of iron and steel warships (about 1860 to date). Its purpose is to provide information and a means of contact for those interested in warships. The principal activity of INRO for over 50 years has been the publication of a quarterly journal, Warship International, recognized internationally as the leading and most authoritative publication in the field. Auxiliary services include a Book Service, offering a 10 per cent discount on current naval books, and the Photo Service, which provides warship photos at a nominal price.
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April 2017

International Naval Research Organization

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The United States Navy showed little interest in MTBs (Motor Torpedo Boats) in the years between the two World Wars.   Late in WW I, MTBs proved to be a successful tool as illustrated by the Italian Navy’s surprise attack on units of the Austrian Navy in 1918.  Between the wars many of the European navies experimented with and later built various types of MTBs. The USN did not begin work on MTBs until shortly before our entry into WW II.  At the start of the war the USN had only three squadrons of these vessels on active duty. The first nine boats for the USN, PT-1 thru PT-9, were all built to various designs. Our photo illustrates PT-8. PT-8 was the only aluminum built boat in war-time service with the USN.  t proved to be too heavy and too slow. The major factor in the over weight of the boat was the USN’s use of destroyer fittings instead of light weight type fittings. The aluminum skin also proved to be an impractical material for use in this type of vessel due to he fact it was more expensive and did not work as well as wood did on a wooden hull when making repairs.
The International Naval Research Organization is a non- profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the study of naval vessels and their histories, principally in the era of iron and steel warships (about 1860 to date). Its purpose is to provide information and a means of contact for those interested in warships. The principal activity of INRO for over 50 years has been the publication of a quarterly journal, Warship International, recognized internationally as the leading and most authoritative publication in the field. Auxiliary services include a Book Service, offering a 10 per cent discount on current naval books, and the Photo Service, which provides warship photos at a nominal price.
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April 2017

International Naval Research Organization

Publishers of Warship International