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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

TB39 torpedo boats (1885/1888)

Names

TB39, 40

Builders

Yarrow, Poplar: TB39, 40

Completed

1885 / 1888: TB39, 40

Losses

none

Transfers

none

Discarded

1905: TB39, 40

 

Displacement normal, t

40

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

30.5 pp

Breadth, m

3.81

Draught, m

1.22

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

500

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

2 x 2 - 25/40 Nordenfelt Mk I, 1 x 1 - 356 TT

Complement

15

Ship project history: Built for Chile, they had reached that country in a disassembled slate when the Russian war scare of 1885 caused them to be hastily purchased to reinforce the Pacific Squadron based at Esquimault in British Columbia. They were assembled in Chile and escorted up to Canada. Here they remained as tenders to the flagship Swiftsure, and inevitably were unofficially christened Swift and Sure.

Modernizations: early 1900s, both: - 2 x 2 - 25/40, 1 x 1 - 356TT; + 2 x 5 - 11.4/70, 2 - 356 TC

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10