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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

TB76 2nd class torpedo boats (1882-1883)

Names

TB76 - 95

Builders

Thornycroft, Chiswick: TB76-95

Completed

1882: TB78 - 84

1883: TB76, 77, 85 - 95

Losses

none

Transfers

none

Discarded

1898: TB83, 93

1900s: TB85, 86, 88

1902: TB79, 81, 90 - 92

1904: TB84

1905: TB87

1906: TB76 - 78, 82, 94

1907: TB80, 89

1912: TB95

 

Displacement normal, t

12.5

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

19.5 oa 19.2 pp

Breadth, m

2.29

Draught, m

1.07

No of shafts

1

Machinery

TB76, 77: 1 2-cyl VC, 1 Herreshoff spiral water-tube boiler

TB78 - 95: 1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

170

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

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 first two boats of this order were fitted with Herreschoff coil boilers for comparative purposes, but these were soon replaced by locomotive boilers similar to those in their sisters.

Modernizations: 1880s, TB76, 77: were re-boilered with 1 locomotive boiler.

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-13