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TORPEDO SHIPS

DRYAD torpedo gunboats (1894-1895)

Dryad 1901

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Dryad, 1/1918- Hamadryad P90   Chatham DYd 15/4/1893 22/11/1893 7/1894 minesweeper 1914, sold 9/1920
Hazard     Pembroke DYd 1/12/1892 17/2/1894 9/1894 submarine depot ship 1901
Harrier P63, P95   Devonport DYd 21/1/1893 20/2/1894 2/1895 minesweeper 1914, sold 2/1920
Halcyon C82, C76   Devonport DYd 2/1/1893 6/4/1894 2/1895 minesweeper depot ship 1915
Hussar     Devonport DYd 3/4/1893 3/7/1894 1/1895 minesweeper 1914, sold 7/1921

 

Displacement normal, t

1070

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

76.2 pp 80.1 oa

Breadth, m

9.30

Draught, m

3.51

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 3-cyl VTE, 4 locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

forced draught: 3500

Halcyon: forced draught: 6000

Max speed, kts

forced draught: 18.2

Halcyon: forced draught: 20

Fuel, t

coal 100 - 160

Endurance, nm(kts) 2500(10)

Armament

2 x 1 - 120/40 QF Mk I/II/III/IV, 4 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 1 x 5 - 11.4/70, 1 - 450 TT (bow, aw), 4 x 1 - 450 TT (7 at all)

Complement

120

Ship project history: These were rather odd-looking ships, with their two funnels very far apart, and, unlike their predecessors, they had a raised poop as well as a raised forecastle. However they were only slightly larger and more powerfully armed versions of the Alarms, sharing their predecessors' weaknesses. They were building at the same time as the first destroyers, and were immediately put into the shade by these smaller but faster vessels.

Modernizations: 1914, Dryad, Halcyon, Hussar: were converted to minesweepers; - 2 x 1 - 450 TT; + kite winch and gallows on quarterdeck.

1915, Hussar: - 1 x 1 - 120/40, 3 x 1 - 57/40; + 2 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I

Naval service:  In 1914 all except Halcyon and Hazard were converted to minesweepers, the former vessels becoming, respectively, minesweeper and submarine depot ships. Hazard was lost in a collision with s/s Western Australia 28/1/1918. Dryad served as tender to Navigation School in 1906-1914. In 1918 Dryad was briefly relegated to harbour duty as Hamadryad. Halcyon was RNVR drillship to 1908, then in Fishery Protection Service in 1909 - 1914. Harrier served as tender to Navigation School in 1906-1914. Hussar was the Senior Officer`s ship of the Mediterranean Minesweeping Force in 1915-1918.

Hazard

Halcyon

 

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