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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

ALARM torpedo gunboats (1893-1894)

Circe 1897

Speedy 1894

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Jason N18 Naval Construction & Armament, Barrow 7/9/1891 14/5/1892 6/1893 minesweeper 1909, sunk 7/4/1917
Circe D81, N81, N26 Sheerness DYd 11/1/1890 14/6/1892 5/1893 minesweeper 1909, sold 7/1920
Hebe   Sheerness DYd 11/1/1890 15/6/1892 10/1894 minesweeper 1909, submarine tender 5/1910
Onyx   Laird, Birkenhead 8/10/1891 7/9/1892 1/1894 submarine tender 1907
Leda N28, N69 Sheerness DYd 25/6/1891 13/9/1892 11/1893 minesweeper 1909, sold 7/1920
Alarm   Sheerness DYd 25/6/1891 13/9/1892 3/1894 sold 1907
Jaseur   Naval Construction & Armament, Barrow 14/9/1891 24/9/1892 7/1893 sold 7/1905
Renard   Laird, Birkenhead 26/10/1891 6/12/1892 1/1894 sold 4/1905
Niger   Naval Construction & Armament, Barrow 17/9/1891 17/12/1892 4/1893 minesweeper 1909, sunk 11/11/1914
Speedy   Thornycroft, Chiswick 4/1/1892 18/5/1893 2/1894 minesweeper 1909, sunk 3/9/1914
Antelope   Devonport DYd 21/10/1889 12/7/1893 5/1894 submarine tender 6/1910

 

Displacement normal, t

810

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

70.1 pp

Breadth, m

8.23

Draught, m

3.66

No of shafts

2

Machinery

3-cyl VTE, 4 locomotive boilers

Speedy: 3-cyl VTE, Thornycroft small-tube boilers

Power, h. p.

forced draught: 3500

Speedy: forced draught: 5000

Max speed, kts

forced draught: 18.7

Speedy: forced draught: 20.5

Fuel, t

coal 100 - 160

Endurance, nm(kts) 2500(10)

Armament

Jason, Onyx, Niger, Jaseur, Speedy: 2 x 1 - 120/40 QF Mk I/II/III/IV, 4 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 1 x 5 - 11.4/70, 1 - 356 TT (bow, aw), 2 x 1 - 356 TT (6 at all)

Circe, Hebe, Leda, Alarm, Renard, Antelope: 2 x 1 - 120/40 QF Mk I/II/III/IV, 4 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 1 x 5 - 11.4/70, 1 - 356 TT (bow, aw), 2 x 2 - 356 TT (8 at all)

Complement

91

Ship project history: The Alarms were basically slightly enlarged versions of the Sharpshooters, differing little in appearance except for Speedy which was the only TGB to have three funnels. She was also the most successful of her type, as instead of having the unreliable and troublesome locomotive boilers of her sisters (these boilers worked reasonably well in smaller craft, but were unsuitable for such large vessels as the TGBs) she was fitted with Thornycroft's own design of water-tube boilers. In consequence she was far more reliable and could keep her speed better than the other ships. She was much the largest warship built by that firm up to that date, and they built her to the same high standards as their torpedo boats.

Modernizations: 1909, Jason, Circe, Hebe, Leda, Niger, Speedy: were converted to minesweepers; - 2 x (1 -2) - 356 TT; + kite winch and gallows on quarterdeck.

Naval service: Hebe and Leda served as RNVR drill ships in 1906. Jason was mined 7/4/1917 off the West Coast of Scotland. Leda collided with cruiser Andromache at Sheerness in February 1909 and had to be beached, she was repaired and commissioned again as minesweeper. Niger was a tender to HMS Vernon until 1909, later she was converted to minesweeper and torpedoed by German submarine U12 off Deal 11/11/1914. Speedy served with Coastguard in 1906 and was damaged in collision with merchantman off Falmouth in June 1906, she was mined off the Humber 3/9/1914.

Jason 1914

Speedy

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14