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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

TORPEDO SHIPS

S90 large seagoing torpedo boats (1899-1901)

S90 1905

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
S90 644 Schichau, Elbing 1898 26/7/1899 10/1899 scuttled 17/10/1914
S91, 9/1914- T91 645 Schichau, Elbing 1898 25/9/1899 4/1900 discarded 3/1921
S92, 9/1914- T92 646 Schichau, Elbing 1899 15/5/1900 6/1900 discarded 3/1921
S93, 9/1914- T93 647 Schichau, Elbing 1899 24/3/1900 7/1900 discarded 3/1921
S94, 9/1914- T94 648 Schichau, Elbing 1899 23/4/1900 7/1900 scuttled 13/3/1920
S95, 9/1914- T95 649 Schichau, Elbing 1899 20/2/1900 8/1900 discarded 3/1921
S96, 9/1914- T96 670 Schichau, Elbing 1899 31/1/1900 9/1900 discarded 3/1921
S97, 5/1900- Sleipner, 9/1914- T97 672 Schichau, Elbing 1899 16/12/1899 5/1900 despatch vessel till 9/1914, discarded 3/1921
S98, 9/1914- T98 673 Schichau, Elbing 1899 28/7/1900 11/1900 discarded 3/1921
S99, 9/1914- T99 674 Schichau, Elbing 1899 4/9/1900 12/1900 discarded 3/1921
S100, 9/1914- T100 675 Schichau, Elbing 1899 13/11/1900 4/1901 TS 1915, collision 15/10/1915
S101, 9/1914- T101   Schichau, Elbing 1899 22/12/1900 4/1901 discarded 3/1921

  

Displacement normal, t

310

Displacement full, t

394

S97: 440

Length, m

63.0 oa 62.7 wl

Breadth, m

7.00

Draught, m

2.83 deep load

S97: 2.99 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 3 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

5900

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

coal 93

Endurance, nm(kts)

830(17)

Armament

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

S97 Sleipner: 1 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92

Complement

57

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: 1914, T97: + 1 x 1 - 52/51 SK L/55 C/03, 1 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92, 3 x 1 - 450 TT

1910s, T92: - 3 x 1 - 50/37; + 2 x 1 - 88/27 SK L/30 C/89

Naval service:  S97 was converted before entering service to be the tender to the Imperial yacht Hohenzollern and was renamed Sleipner. She was reconverted to a fighting ship when war broke out, and with all her sisters was reclassed as a T-boat in September 1914. S90 was scuttled ad Tsingtao 17/10/1914 to avoid capture by Japanese. T100 was lost 15/10/1915 in the Baltic after collision with s/s Preussen. T94 was scuttled by putschists at Wilhelmshaven 13/3/1920, later salvaged and broken up.

Ivan Gogin, 2014