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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

DEFENDER 2nd class Colonial Service torpedo boats (1883)

Names

New Zealand Naval Service:

Defender

Taiaroa

Waitemata

Poneke

Victoria Naval Service, 1901- RAN:

Nepean

Lonsdale

Tasmania Naval Service (to South Australia 1900), 1901- RAN:

No 191

Queensland Naval Service, 1901- RAN:

Mosquito

Builders

Thornycroft, Chiswick: Defender, Taiaroa, Waitemata, Poneke, Nepean, Lonsdale, No 191, Mosquito

Completed

1883: Defender, Taiaroa, Waitemata, Poneke, No 191

1884: Nepean, Lonsdale, Mosquito

Losses

none

Transfers

none

Discarded

1900s: Defender, Taiaroa, Waitemata, Poneke

1910: No 191, Mosquito

1913: Nepean, Lonsdale

 

Displacement normal, t

12

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

19.2 pp

Breadth, m

2.29

Draught, m

1.18

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

 

Max speed, kts

17

Fuel, t

coal 0.8

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

Defender, Taiaroa, Waitemata, Poneke, No 191, Mosquito: 1 x 2 - 25/40 Nordenfelt Mk I, 1 McEvoy charge on steel spar

Nepean, Lonsdale: 1 x 2 - 25/40 Nordenfelt Mk I, 1 - 356 TT (bow)

Complement

7

Ship project history: Colonial Service 2nd class torpedo boats, identical to early 63ft 2nd class boats built for the Royal Navy.

Modernizations: 1885, No 191 and 3 from 4 New Zealand boats: - spar torpedo; + 2 - 356 TC

Naval service: No significant events.

Defender class boat

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-13