fighting ships of the world



TALISMAN destroyers (1916)

Termagant 1915

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Talisman (ex-Napier) G08, F44, F69, G4A   Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 12/1914 15/7/1915 1/1916 sold 4/1921
Termagant (ex-Narbrough) G24, F47, F73, D36   Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 12/1914 26/8/1915 3/1916 sold 5/1921
Trident (ex-Offa) G36, F50, F81, D38   Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 1/1915 20/11/1915 3/1916 sold 5/1921
Turbulent (ex-Ogre) G42   Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 1/1915 5/1/1916 5/1916 sunk 1/6/1916


Displacement normal, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m


Breadth, m


Draught, m


No of shafts



3 Parsons steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

oil 237

Endurance, nm(kts)  


5 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk IV, 2 x 2 - 533 TT



Ship project history: Although all sources, including Admiralty records, state that four destroyers were on order for Turkey in August 1914 modern historians claim that no trace of such an order exists in Turkish records (nor for the two 'E' class submarines). This prompts the question of where these four destroyers originated. There are only two valid explanations: that Hawthorn Leslie had ordered material for four 'M' class hulls on speculation; or that some secret deal was still under negotiation between the British and the Turks, possibly under the aegis of the international arms dealer Sir Basil Zaharoff. However attractive this latter explanation might sound, it clashes with the known facts that the Young Turks were already heavily under German influence, and there is also the indisputable fact that no written evidence for these contracts has turned up, neither in Turkish nor British archives. The fact remains, however, that these were similar to the Greek 'M's, having the double boiler room transposed and the 102mm gun between the first and second funnels, so did not conform to the Admiralty pattern. They also had two extra 102mm QF Mk.IV guns, two p&s on the forecastle, two aft and one on a centreline 'bandstand'. The original design had a pair of TT right aft, but as completed only the midships twin TT were retained, using Elswick light-pattern twin tubes. As they were intended to work with submarines they were given Poulsen long-range wireless, with tall mainmasts. Orders were placed in November 1914 and 'T' names were substituted in February 1915. Turbulent was completed on 12 May 1916 and was sunk ;n action at Jutland less than three weeks later, while serving with 10th DF, Harwich Force (cut in two by German battlecruiser, with 90 dead).

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Turbulent was completed on 12 May 1916 and was sunk 1/6/1916 in action at Jutland less than three weeks later, being cut in two by German battlecruiser.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14