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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

MAHRATTA torpedo boats (1889)

nearly sister-ship Baluchi 1888

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TB4 Mahratta, 1901- TB104 (RIM, 1892- RN)     White, Cowes 1887 1889 1889 sold 7/1920
TB5 Sikh, 1901- TB105 (RIM, 1892- RN)     White, Cowes 1887 1889 1889 sold 1/1920
TB6 Rajput, 1901- TB106 (RIM, 1892- RN)     White, Cowes 1887 1889 1889 sold 10/1910

 

Displacement normal, t

95

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

41.2 oa 39.6 pp

Breadth, m

4.42

Draught, m

2.29

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 2 locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

1000

Max speed, kts

22

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

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

Complement

18

Ship project history: In 1887 the India Office ordered seven boats which were to be slightly enlarged versions of the 125-footers. These appeal never to have been delivered to India, and in 1892 were taken over by the Royal Navy, though their numbering as TB100-106 did not take place until 1901. Deck TT can be replaced by 47mm gun.

    Like the other boats built by White on the 'turnabout' system they were very manoeuvrable.
Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10