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J & G Thomson 27-knotters, 1893-94 follow-up order destroyers (1895)

Shark 1895

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Rocket   269 J & G Thomson, Clydebank 14/2/1894 14/8/1894 7/1895 sold 4/1912
Shark   270 J & G Thomson, Clydebank 14/2/1894 22/9/1894 7/1895 sold 7/1911
Surly P30, D3A, D82 271 J & G Thomson, Clydebank 14/2/1894 10/11/1894 7/1895 sold 3/1920

 

Displacement normal, t

280

Displacement full, t

325

Length, m

62.2 oa 61.0 pp

Breadth, m

5.97

Draught, m

2.06

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 4-cyl VTE, 4 Normand boilers

Power, h. p.

4100

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

coal 57

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 vessels were built with great speed by the Clydeside yard.

Modernizations: 1901, Surly, Rocket: - 1 x 1 - 450 TT

1910, Rocket: - 3 x 1 - 57/40

9/1915, Surly: + 2 DCR

Naval service: No significant events.

Shark

Surly

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