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TORPEDO SHIPS

Lightning torpedo boat (87ft class) (1877)

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Lightning (later TB1) 47 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1876 1876 1877 sold 1896

 

Displacement normal, t

28

Displacement full, t

32

Length, m

24.7 pp 25.6 oa

Breadth, m

3.1

Draught, m

1.60

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VCE, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

460

Max speed, kts

18

Fuel, t

coal 3

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

2 x 1 - 406 TL

Complement

15

Ship project history: The Lightning, the first RN purpose-built torpedo boat. The hull of the Lightning was of thicker plate than the other boats built by Thornycroft's at the time and the lines were fuller as she was intended for use in tolerably rough weather; cabin accommodation was also larger than that of other boats. The Lightning was later armed with Whitehead torpedoes launched from a single tube placed on the forward deck.

Modernizations: 1879: - 2 x 1 - 406 TL; + 1 - 406 TT

1880s,: - 1 x 1 - 406 TT; + 2 - 356 TC

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Lightning, torpedo tube not yet installed

 

Lightning (A.Dashyan)

 

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