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A26 torpedo boats (1916 - 1917)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
A26   959 Schichau, Elbing 1916 20.5.1916 7.1916 discarded 3.1921
A27   960 Schichau, Elbing 1916 27.5.1916 8.1916 to United Kingdom 8.1920
A28   961 Schichau, Elbing 1916 10.6.1916 8.1916 to United Kingdom 8.1920
A29   962 Schichau, Elbing 1916 15.6.1916 9.1916 to United Kingdom 8.1920
A30   963 Schichau, Elbing 1916 15.7.1916 9.1916 interned by Belgium 11.1918, to Belgium 6.1919 (A29 PC)
A31   964 Schichau, Elbing 1916 1.7.1916 9.1916 to United Kingdom 8.1920
A32   965 Schichau, Elbing 1916 15.7.1916 10.1916 stranded 25.10.1917
A33   966 Schichau, Elbing 1916 29.7.1916 10.1916 to United Kingdom 9.1920
A34   967 Schichau, Elbing 1916 20.7.1916 11.1916 to United Kingdom 9.1920
A35   968 Schichau, Elbing 1916 19.8.1916 12.1916 to United Kingdom 8.1920
A36   969 Schichau, Elbing 1916 14.8.1916 11.1916 to United Kingdom 8.1920
A37   970 Schichau, Elbing 1916 12.8.1916 11.1916 to United Kingdom 9.1920
A38   971 Schichau, Elbing 1916 17.10.1916 3.1917 to United Kingdom 9.1920
A39   972 Schichau, Elbing 1916 12.9.1916 12.1916 to United Kingdom 8.1920
A40   973 Schichau, Elbing 1916 2.9.1916 12.1916 interned by Belgium 11.1918, to Belgium 6.1919 (A22 PC)
A41   974 Schichau, Elbing 1916 8.12.1916 3.1917 to United Kingdom 8.1920
A42   975 Schichau, Elbing 1916 1.11.1916 1.1917 interned by Belgium 11.1918, to Belgium 6.1919 (A23 PC)
A43   976 Schichau, Elbing 1916 25.12.1916 4.1917 interned by Belgium 11.1918, to Belgium 6.1919 (A24 PC)
A44   977 Schichau, Elbing 1916 10.3.1917 4.1917 to United Kingdom 9.1920
A45   978 Schichau, Elbing 1916 8.11.1916 1.1917 to United Kingdom 9.1920
A46   979 Schichau, Elbing 1916 24.3.1917 5.1917 to United Kingdom 9.1920
A47   980 Schichau, Elbing 1916 23.4.1917 6.1917 interned by Belgium 11.1918, to Belgium 6.1919 (A25 PC)
A48   981 Schichau, Elbing 1916 9.6.1917 7.1917 to United Kingdom 9.1920
A49   982 Schichau, Elbing 1916 19.5.1917 7.1917 interned by Belgium 11.1918, to Belgium 6.1919 (A26 PC)


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

227

Displacement full, t250
Length, m

50.0 oa 49.0 wl

Breadth, m

5.32

Draught, m

2.34 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 set Schichau geared steam turbines, 1 Marine doubled boiler

Power, h. p.

3250

Max speed, kts

25

Fuel, t

oil 53

Endurance, nm(kts)690(20)
Armament

A26-38, 41, 43, 44: 2 x 1 - 88/27 SK L/30 C/89, 1 x 1 - 450 TT, mechanical minesweeping gear

A39, 40, 42, 45-49: 2 x 1 - 88/27 TK L/30 C/08, 1 x 1 - 450 TT, mechanical minesweeping gear

Complement

29



Standard scale images


<i>A26 </i>1917
A26 1917


Project history

Coastal torpedo-boat/minesweeper 1915 design, A II type, built by Schichau, Elbing. Hulls for A35, A38 and A41 were delivered by Sachsenberg Werft, Rosslau. Benefitting from the lessons of war, these boats had better performance characteristics. A 43, A 44, A 46-A 49 were transferred by railway in sections to Anrwerp/Hoboken and finished there. The boats were commissioned from May 1916 onwards and used in the Channel.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

Only one boat was lost in the Baltic (A32 25.10.1917 stranded at Estonian coast, later salvaged and commissioned as Estonian Sulev), most of the remainder becoming British war reparations which were broken up in the 1920s; however, A30, A40, A42, A43 and A47 were taken over by Belgium and operated until about 1927, although A43 was not scrapped until 1943.