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TAKU captured destroyer (1898/1900)

Taku 1900

Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Taku (ex-Hai Lung)

   

Schichau, Elbing, Germany

1897

1898

7/1898 // 6/1900

sold 10/1916

 

Displacement normal, t

280

Displacement full, t

305

Length, m

59.1

Breadth, m

6.40

Draught, m

1.95

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 4 Schulz-Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

6000

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

coal 67

Endurance, nm(kts)

2000(10)

Armament

6 x 1 - 47/30 21/2pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 x 1 - 356 TT

Complement

58

Ship project history: A Schichau destroyer built for China, this vessel was captured at Taku 17/6/1900 with the sisters which were allocated to Germany, Russia and France, by Roger Keyes. Though reputed to have done 32kts on trial when first completed her service speed was well below this, and she did not compare very well with contemporary British destroyers. Her accommodation was particularly bad. She spent her life on the China station.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Taku

 

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