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Hanna Donald and Wilson 27-knotters, 1893-94 follow-up order destroyers (1900-1901)

Fervent 1900

Fervent 1908

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Fervent N17, D97, D39   Hanna Donald & Wilson, Paisley 27/3/1894 20/3/1895 6/1900 sold 4/1920
Zephyr N86, D4A, D98   Hanna Donald & Wilson, Paisley 23/4/1894 10/5/1895 7/1901 sold 2/1920

 

Displacement normal, t

275

Displacement full, t

320

Length, m

62.4 oa 61.0 pp

Breadth, m

5.79

Draught, m

2.21

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 3-cyl VTE, 2 locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

4000

Max speed, kts

26

Fuel, t

coal 62

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

48

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.
    This pair were the only destroyers built with one funnel until the Italians built some in the 1930s. They were also quite the most unsuccessful of the 27-knotters, and their complete failure to meet the contract speed finally drove their builder out of business. They had to be reboilered, and even then could only make26kts. The reboilering meant that they eventually entered service as four funnelled ships.

Modernizations: 1908, both: boilers were replaced by 4 Reed, 3800hp, 27kts, single funnel was replaced by four.

1916, both: + 2 DCR

Naval service: No significant events.

Fervent as built

Fervent after reboilering

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