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TORPEDO SHIPS

GRASSHOPPER torpedo gunboats (1888)

Grasshopper 1888

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Grasshopper     Sheerness DYd 27/4/1886 30/8/1887 7/1888 sold 7/1905
Sandfly     Devonport DYd 19/4/1886 20/9/1887 7/1888 sold 3/1905
Spider     Devonport DYd 9/6/1886 17/10/1887 12/1888 sold 5/1903

 

Displacement normal, t

526

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

61.0 pp

Breadth, m

7.01

Draught, m

3.15

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 3-cyl VTE, locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

natural draught: 1600, forced draught: 2700

Max speed, kts

natural draught: 16.7, forced draught: 19.2

Fuel, t

coal 100

Endurance, nm(kts) 2400(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 102/27 BL Mk II/III/IV/V/VI, 6 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 - 356 TT (1 bow, 1 stern, aw), 2 x 1 - 356 TT (8 at all)

Complement

66

Ship project history: Very similar to Rattlesnake, but lighter, these vessels were engined by Maudslay. Their performance was not as good as their near-sister however.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Sandfly

Grasshopper

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