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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

repeat RIVER class destroyers, Laird built (1909)

nearly sister-ship Itchen 1905

Name

No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Stour N08, D30, D80, H83 Laird, Birkenhead 12/1904 3/6/1905 12/1909 sold 8/1919
Test N34, D32, D87, H84 Laird, Birkenhead 9/1905 14/1/1907 12/1909 sold 8/1919

 

Displacement normal, t

550

Displacement full, t

620

Length, m

69.1 oa 67.1 pp

Breadth, m

7.21

Draught, m

2.70

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons steam turbines, 4 Normand boilers

Power, h. p.

7000

Max speed, kts

25.5

Fuel, t

coal 130

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 3 x 1 - 76/28 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 2 x 1 - 450 TT (4)

Complement

70

Ship project history: A number of firms had laid down 'River' class hulls in expectation of receiving orders, and when further orders were cancelled they were left on the builders' hands. Initially the Admiralty would have nothing to do with the problem, but after the loss of Gala and Blackwater it was decided to buy them at £50,000 each (as compared with a cost of £67,000-£87,000 for the original 'Rivers'). They ran trials satisfactorily in October 1909 and were bought two months later.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14