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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

TB98 torpedo boats (1901)

nearly sister-ship TB109 1902

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TB98, 1906- TB098     Thornycroft, Chiswick 1900 22/1/1901 1901 sold 6/1920
TB99, 1906- TB099     Thornycroft, Chiswick 1900 1901 1901 sold 7/1920
TB107     Thornycroft, Chiswick 1900 1901 1901 sold 7/1920
TB108     Thornycroft, Chiswick 1900 1901 1901 sold 7/1920

 

Displacement normal, t

178

Displacement full, t

185

Length, m

50.0 oa 48.8 pp

Breadth, m

5.18

Draught, m

1.78

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

3000

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

3 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 3 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement

32

Ship project history: All followed the basic arrangement of the original Thornycroft design with 3 450mm TT and 3 3pdr, both guns and torpedoes being disposed in a triangular layout, one on each side forward and one amidships aft. Though bigger and more seaworthy than their predecessors they were quite overshadowed by the destroyers which were in service in considerable numbers whilst the earliest of these TBs were building.

    The first pair were ordered under the 1899/1900 programme, the others a year later. They proved to be very short ranged (only capable of 6 hours' steaming at full speed), as indeed were all this group.
Modernizations: None.

Naval service: TB99 sank in 1907 but was salved.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-10