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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

HECLA torpedo boat carrier (1878)

Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Hecla (ex-British Crown)

7A, C7  

Harland & Wolff, Belfast

 

7/3/1878

10/1878

destroyer depot ship 1912

 

Displacement normal, t

6400

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

119.6 pp

Breadth, m

11.8

Draught, m

6.89

No of shafts

2

Machinery

sails + 2 2-cyl HIC, boilers

Power, h. p.

1758

Max speed, kts

12.1

Fuel, t

coal 2200

Endurance, nm(kts)

26400(10)

Armament

5 x 1 - 160/16 64pdr 71cwt MLR, 1 x 1 - 121/21 40pdr 35cwt BL, 4 2nd class torpedo boats

Complement

277

Ship project history: Hecla was the merchant ship British Crown purchased whilst building. She carried a number of Second Class TBs, and was fitted to service other TBs and to see to the torpedo and mining needs of a fleet. She served with the Mediterranean Fleet, and was commanded by a succession of distinguished officers who were amongst the leading torpedo specialists. Many of the most important experiments in torpedo tactics were carried out under their control. Had war come no doubt the Hecla and Vulcan would have proved useful launching strikes with their small TBs against enemy bases.
    Hecla was described as a 'torpedo depot ship and floating factory'.

Modernizations: 1880s: - 1 x 1 - 160/16; + 1 x 1 - 127/25 BL Mk I/II

Naval service: In 1912 Hecla was converted to destroyer depot ship and sold to BU in July, 1926.

Hecla 1880s

 

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