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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

TB74 2nd class torpedo boats (1883)

Names

TB74, 75

TB96, 97

Builders

Yarrow, Poplar: TB74, 75, 96, 97

Completed

1883: TB74, 75, 96, 97

Losses

none

Transfers

none

Discarded

1902: TB97

1903: TB75

1906: TB74, 96

 

Displacement normal, t

12

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

TB74, 75: 18.5 pp

TB96, 97: 19.4 pp

Breadth, m

2.36

Draught, m

1.07

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

220

Max speed, kts

16

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

1 x 1 - 11.4/94, 2 - 356 TT (bow)

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.

    The torpedoes were fired by steam.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-13