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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

TB51 2nd class torpedo boats (1878-1879)

TB55 1878

Names

TB51 - 62

Builders

Thornycroft, Chiswick: TB51-62

Completed

1878: TB51 - 56

1879: TB57 - 62

Losses

TB62 (21/10/1890)

Transfers

none

Discarded

1902: TB55, 58 - 61

1904: TB52 - 54, 56, 57

1907: TB51

 

Displacement normal, t

10.7

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

18.5 oa 18.4 pp

Breadth, m

2.29

Draught, m

0.92

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

120 - 150

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

2 - 356 TC

Complement

7

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.

    TB51 class were small, lightly built steam launches.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: TB51-54 were attached to Vulcan.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-13