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TORPEDO SHIPS

Hawthorn Leslie 27-knotters, 1893-94 follow-up order destroyers (1896)

Sunfish 1902

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Sunfish D47, D2A, D81 325 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 29/8/1894 28/5/1895 2/1896 sold 6/1920
Opossum D12, D99, D62 326 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 17/9/1894 9/8/1895 3/1896 sold 7/1920
Ranger D1A 327 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 17/9/1894 4/10/1895 6/1896 sold 5/1920

 

Displacement normal, t

310

Displacement full, t

340

Length, m

62.2 oa 61.0 pp

Breadth, m

5.79

Draught, m

2.62

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 3-cyl VTE, 8 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

4000

Max speed, kts

27

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

58

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.

    These sturdy vessels had three funnels.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ranger

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