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Laird 27-knotters, 1893-94 follow-up order destroyers (1895)

Banshee 1895

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Banshee   598 Laird, Birkenhead 3/1894 17/11/1894 7/1895 sold 4/1912
Contest   599 Laird, Birkenhead 3/1894 1/12/1894 7/1895 sold 7/1911
Dragon   600 Laird, Birkenhead 3/1894 15/12/1894 6/1895 sold 7/1912

 

Displacement normal, t

290

Displacement full, t

345

Length, m

64.9 oa 63.4 pp

Breadth, m

5.87

Draught, m

2.93

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 3-cyl VTE, 4 Normand boilers

Power, h. p.

4400

Max speed, kts

28

Fuel, t

coal 72

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 5 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 x 1 - 450 TT (4)

Complement

58

Ship project history: Before the Havock had completed it was decided to order another six destroyers from Thornycroft and Yarrow. Another nine were ordered from other builders making up, a few months later, the 1893/94 Programme. Apart from a slight increase in size the main difference was that the gun armament was increased by 2 57mm guns. The first six (the Thornycroft and Yarrow boats) had a bow tube fitted, but it was found to throw up clouds of spray in anything except a flat calm, had a bad effect on seakeeping and was soon removed.
These vessels was four funneled, being slightly improved versions of the earlier Laird boats.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Dragon

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