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White 27-knotters, 1893-94 follow-up order destroyers (1899)

Conflict 1899

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Conflict P24, D96, D18   White, Cowes 3/1/1894 13/12/1894 7/1899 sold 5/1920
Teazer     White, Cowes 3/2/1894 9/2/1895 3/1899 sold 7/1912
Wizard H3C, H7A   White, Cowes 3/4/1894 26/2/1895 7/1899 sold 5/1920

 

Displacement normal, t

320

Displacement full, t

360

Length, m

62.7 oa 61.0 pp

Breadth, m

6.10

Draught, m

2.51

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 4-cyl VTE, 3 White boilers

Power, h. p.

4500

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

coal 67

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 5 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 x 1 - 450 TT (4)

Complement

54

Ship project history: Before the Havock had completed it was decided to order another six destroyers from Thornycroft and Yarrow. Another nine were ordered from other builders making up, a few months later, the 1893/94 Programme. Apart from a slight increase in size the main difference was that the gun armament was increased by 2 57mm guns. The first six (the Thornycroft and Yarrow boats) had a bow tube fitted, but it was found to throw up clouds of spray in anything except a flat calm, had a bad effect on seakeeping and was soon removed.
    These three-funnelled vessels had some difficulty in reaching their contract speed, which explains both their late entry into service and their builder's failure to win any contracts for 30-knotters.
    Wizard was unique in having inward turning propellers, which made her very difficult to handle. As one of her captains put it, 'she was notorious amongst destroyers for her contrary ways'.

Modernizations: 1900, Wizard: was re-boilered with 3 Admiralty boilers

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14