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PORTUGUESE NAVY (PORTUGAL)

TORPEDO SHIPS

DOURO destroyers (1933-1936)

Vouga 1933

Vouga 1960

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Dão D, 1956- D331 Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   30/7/1934 1/1935 stricken 11/1960
Douro   Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   9/6/1932 1934 // --- incomplete to Colombia 1934 (Antioquia)
Douro DR, 1956- D332 Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   15/8/1934 2/1936 stricken 12/1959
Lima L, 1956- D333 Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK   29/5/1933 10/1933 stricken 10/1965
Tejo   Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   9/6/1932 1934 // --- incomplete to Colombia 1934 (Caldas)
Vouga V, 1956- D334 Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK   25/1/1933 6/1933 stricken 6/1967
Tejo T, 1956- D335 Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   4/5/1935 10/1935 stricken 2/1965
  

Displacement standard, t

1219

Displacement full, t

1563

Length, m

93.6 pp 98.5 oa

Breadth, m

9.45

Draught, m

3.35

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

33000

Max speed, kts

36

Fuel, t

oil 345

Endurance, nm(kts) 3500(15)

Armament

4 x 1 - 120/50 Vickers Mk G, 3 x 1 - 40/39 QF Mk VIII, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 20 mines, 2 DCR (12)

Complement

127

Ship project history: Designed by Yarrow on a basis of British destroyer Ambuscade. From British prototype they differed by main guns: on Portuguese destroyers there were Vickers-Armstrong Mk G 120mm/50 guns with separated loading and box-shaped shields. AA armament was comprised by three 40mm/39 pompoms in single mounts with 85° max elevation (two on aft superstructure, one between funnels). All ships were arranged for minelaying, but with mines onboard the metacentric height fell to dangerous value. Machinery included three Yarrow boilers with lateral arrangement of fire chambers and economizers (28atm working pressure) and Curtiss geared turbine units with Parsons cruising turbines.

Contract with Yarrow on two ships and four complete sets of machineries was concluded 12/6/1931. Lima and Vouga were built in Britain, Douro and Tejo in Portugal. 18/1/1933 the order for one more complete set of machinery, for scheduled to building in Portugal Dão has followed. First Vouga has shown 36.17kts on trials at 32255hp. On trials Lima made 36.36kts at 33050hp. Soon after commission complement has been increased to 147.

Two ships built in Portugal, Douro and Tejo, in the early 1934, before commission, have been sold to Colombia as Caldas and Antioquia as a opponents to two Peruvian destroyers of Novik class, bought in 1933 in Estonia. Instead of them in Lisbon two new ships under the same names were laid down, machineries were again ordered to Yarrow.

Modernizations: 1942-1943, all: + 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1946-1949, all: - 3 x 1 - 40/39, 1 x 4 - 533 TT (fwd); + 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 4 DCT; complement was 184

1957, all: - 2 x 1 - 120/50, 4 x 1 - 20/70, 4 DCT; + 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 9, 3 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 1 x 3 - 305 Squid DCT

Naval service: No significant events.

Vouga 1933

Douro 1952

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