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NO126 torpedo boats (1889 - 1890)


Ships


Names Builders Completed Losses Transfers Discarding

N°126 - 129

Normand, Le Havre: N°126-129

1889: N°126, 127

1890: N°128, 129

none

none

1908-1914: N°126-129



Technical data


Displacement normal, t

71

Displacement full, t78
Length, m

36.0 wl

Breadth, m

3.92

Draught, m

1.15

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 VCR, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.900
Max speed, kts

21

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

2 x 5 - 37/20 M1885, 2 x 1 - 380 TT

Complement21


Project history

Ordered 12.9.1887 (126, 127)and 23.5.1888. Normand was highly critical of the 35-metre design, and their dismal history vindicated his decision not to become involved in the building programme. Instead he proposed his own design, which was in every way superior. With two trainable TT in single mountings and 2 QF guns, this class was still more stable and faster than the 35-metre type. They were originally given a light schooner rig and were used for extensive trials and manoeuvres. In many ways they were the forerunners of all the small TBs of the French 'défense mobile' down to 1908.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

They were stricken between 1908 and 1914.