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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

S126 large seagoing torpedo boats (1905)

S126 1906

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
S126, 9/1916- T126 737 Schichau, Elbing 1904 26/11/1904 4/1905 discarded 3/1920
S127, 9/1916- T127 738 Schichau, Elbing 1904 12/1/1905 6/1905 discarded 3/1921
S128, 9/1916- T128 739 Schichau, Elbing 1904 25/2/1905 7/1905 discarded 3/1920
S129 740 Schichau, Elbing 1904 4/3/1905 8/1905 wrecked 5/11/1915
S130, 9/1916- T130 741 Schichau, Elbing 1904 27/4/1905 9/1905 discarded 3/1921
S131, 9/1916- T131 742 Schichau, Elbing 1904 25/5/1905 10/1905 discarded 3/1921

  

Displacement normal, t

371

Displacement full, t

482

Length, m

64.7 oa 64.2 wl

Breadth, m

7.00

Draught, m

2.76 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 3 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

6400

Max speed, kts

28

Fuel, t

coal 117

Endurance, nm(kts)

1080(17)

Armament

3 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92, 3 x 1 - 450 TT (5)

Complement

61

Ship project history: Apart from the experimental turbine vessel (another was building at the end of the period), these units, classed as large torpedo boats but, despite their lighter guns, really the equivalent of contemporary foreign destroyers, show a large degree of homogeneity. They all shared the 'trade mark' of the torpedo tube placed before the bridge in a well deck between the raised forecastle and the charthouse. All had two funnels. In fact this design was a combination of the best features of the D9 and the D10, of the German torpedo boat traditional design, and of the British destroyer. The result was a sturdy and seaworthy vessel, not as fast as foreign boats, but probably more useful than most.

Modernizations: 1910s, S126-128, 131: - 1 x 1 - 50/37; + 1 x 1 - 88/27 SK L/30 C/89 or 1 x 1 - 88/27 TK L/30 C/08 or 1 x 1 - 88/32 SK L/35 C/01 or 1 x 1 - 88/42 TK L/45 C/14

1910s, T130: - 3 x 1 - 50/37; + 2 x 1 - 88/42 TK L/45 C/14

Naval service: S126 was 17/11/1905 cut in two in collision with cruiser Undine, halves were salvaged in next year, and in 1908 boat was recommissioned. S129 sank after grounding in the North Sea 5/11/1915.

  Ivan Gogin, 2014