Tuesday, October 5, 2010

HTMS Matchanu class Submarine



 Matchanu Class interior

      HTMS Matchanu class was a Royal Thai Navy small submarine built at Japan in 1937.  Royal Thai(Siamese) navy sent 118 seamen to be trained by Japanese submariners in 1936 until the submarines were completed and brought all of them home in 1938. 

There were 4 submarines in HTMS Matchanu class
The submarines' name were called after a character in Thai literature those who were powerful at sea.
The number painted on their bridge.

1.HTMS  Matchanu "มัจฉานุ"
Called after Hanuman's son (Hanuman is a great monkey hero in Ramayana, ancient Hindu Epic),This is Matchanu picture in Thai version.



Matchanu ,his father(Hanuman) is monkey and his mother(Supanmatcha) is half-fish.



 Hanuman  


 Supanmatcha


No.1 HTMS Matchanu

No.1 Matchanu painting 

Lt.Commander Kanok(Sui) Noppakoon (Center).


HTMS Matchanu' Screw at Royal Thai Navy Museum.


2.HTMS Wirun "วิรุณ"
Matchanu and Wirun at Kobe, Japan 1937.

No.2 Wirun painting

Wirun left Japan.



3.HTMS Sinsamut "สินสมุทร"

Her name "สินสมุทร" was painted on conning tower.

 From the Thai text "เรือดำน้ำสินสมุทร กำลังลงน้ำ ที่อู่ Mitsubishi ใน Kobe วันที่ ๑๔ พค. ๘๐",
"Phlai-Chumphol submarine launching at Mitsubishi Dockyard in Kobe, May 14, 1937.



HTMS Sinsamut at Japan.

another picture at Japan.

 No.3 HTMS Sinsamut

No.3 Sinsamut painting 

4.HTMS Phlai Chumphon "พลายชุมพล"


From the Thai text "เรือดำน้ำพลายชุมพล กำลังลงน้ำ ที่อู่ Mitsubishi ใน Kobe วันที่ ๑๔ พค. ๘๐",
"Phlai-Chumphon submarine launching at Mitsubishi Dockyard in Kobe, May 14, 1937.


Another clearer picture.

No.4 Phlai-Chumphon painting 

Phlai-Chumphon at sea.


     In year 2008, I, as a member of www.thaimsot.com(thai military modeler club), found out that one of our members has some relative or grandfather as a high ranking naval officer (may be an admiral) who may be a commissioner to Japan for acquiring submarines for Royal Thai Navy (Matchanu Class). He receive a model of this submarine class from Mitsui Corp. for a gift. So I quickly save all the pictures he posted but I can't remember his username after the site has changed to the new server and all the data has been deleted. So if you know him or you are that person please email me watcharayui@yahoo.com ,so i can give you a credit for these fine super rare pictures,Thankyou

  HTMS matchanu submarine, of course it is the first Matchanu sub model in the world.














Some damage after 70 years.






and Matchanu class blueprints (may be the original that Japanese gave us).



Credit to anonymous member of www.thaimsot.com
please email me if you know or you're him.
watcharayui@yahoo.com