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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

TB49 2nd class torpedo boats (1888)

TB50 1888

Names

TB49, 50

Builders

Yarrow, Poplar: TB49, 50

Completed

1888: TB49, 50

Losses

none

Transfers

none

Discarded

1904: TB50

1906: TB49

 

Displacement normal, t

TB49: 15

TB50: 15.5

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

TB49: 18.1 pp

TB50: 18.3 pp

Breadth, m

TB49: 2.51

TB50: 2.59

Draught, m

0.91

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 VTE, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

200

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

1 x 1 - 25/60 Nordenfelt Mk I, 1 x 1 - 356 TT

Complement

9

Ship project history: The concept of purpose-built small TBs capable of being lifted by the davits of large ships seems to have originated with the Royal Navy; certainly more were built for that service than for any other. One TB carrier, Vulcan, was specially built to carry them, and for some years numbers of this type of boat were built. However, in the long run experience showed it was better to use the slower but much sturdier and more seaworthy steam pinnaces for this purpose, rather than the frail specially built Second Class boats.

    TB49 and 50 were first 2nd class TBs with TE engines.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-13