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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

D1 division torpedo boats (1887)

D1 1896

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
D2, 8/1887- D1 324 Schichau, Elbing 1886 19/12/1886 4/1887 yacht 5/1905-8/1914, discarded 8/1921
D1, 8/1887- D2 325 Schichau, Elbing 1886 11/9/1886 5/1887 yacht 3/1902-8/1914, discarded 12/1920

  

Displacement normal, t

249

Displacement full, t

300

Length, m

56.1

Breadth, m

6.60

Draught, m

3.40 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 2 locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kts

20.6

Fuel, t

coal 56

Endurance, nm(kts)

1940(14)

Armament

6 x 5 - 37/27 RV L/30, 1 - 350 TT (bow), 2 x 1 - 350 TT

Complement

46

Ship project history: These 'division boats', or flotilla leaders, were basically larger versions of the torpedo boats they were intended to lead, with a similar armament and speed, but of a larger size in order to accommodate the extra staff needed. The most interesting design was the last, D9, which had the beginnings of the 'trawler bow', a raised forecastle which did not extend back as far as the bridge.

Modernizations: 1893, both: - 6 x 5 - 37/17; + 3 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92

1900-1901, both: were reboilered with 2 new locomotive boilers

1909, D2: was reboilered with 2 Marine boilers

Naval service: D1 and D2 were converted to yachts for the Baltic and North Sea stations respectively, being named Carmen (1905) and Alice Roosevelt (1902). They were converted back for more warlike duties in 1914, and with the others were used for coastal defence patrols or training tasks, being finally discarded in 1920-21.

Ivan Gogin, 2014