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Thornycroft 26-knotters destroyers (1895)

Decoy 1895

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Daring   287 Thornycroft, Chiswick 7/1892 25/11/1893 2/1895 despatch vessel 1905, sold 4/1912
Decoy   288 Thornycroft, Chiswick 7/1892 2/2/1894 6/1895 collision 13/8/1904

 

Displacement normal, t

260

Displacement full, t

288

Length, m

56.4 oa

Breadth, m

5.79

Draught, m

2.13

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 4-cyl VCE, 3 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

4200

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

coal 45

Endurance, nm(kts) 865(11)

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 3 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 1 - 450 TT (bow aw), 2 x 1 - 450 TT (6 at all)

Complement

48

Ship project history: The first 5 destroyers were 26-knotters with an armament of 3-450mm TT (one fixed bow tube, two single deck tubes), 1 76mm and 3 57mm. This was the armament carried, but provision was made for landing the two deck tubes and replacing them by an extra 2 57mm if they were to be used entirely for anti-torpedo boat work. All these destroyers had twin shafts and triple expansion engines, though the Thornycroft boats had a special four cylinder triple expansion design.

    Rather more strongly built than the Yarrow vessels, these two were also faster, though they took longer to build. Daring made nearly 28.2kts with 4644ihp on the measured mile. Like most subsequent Thornycroft destroyers they had two funnels (so that they would resemble torpedo boats) and flat sterns.

Modernizations: 1900, both: - 1 - 450 TT (without spare torpedoes)

1905, Daring: - 2 x 1 - 450 TT; + 2 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I

Naval service: Decoy sank after collision with destroyer Arun 13/8/1904 off Wolf Rock.

Daring as built

Decoy  (A.Dashyan)

Decoy

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