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VELOX turbine destroyer (1904)

Velox 1904

Name

No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Velox

P45, D71

Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn

10/4/1901

11/2/1902

2/1904

sunk 25/10/1915

 

Displacement normal, t

400

Displacement full, t

445

Length, m

65.5 oa 64.0 pp

Breadth, m

6.00

Draught, m

2.74

No of shafts

4 (twin screws)

Machinery

Parsons steam turbines / cruising VTE (2), 4 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

8000 / 200

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

coal 85

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

63

Ship project history: Parsons began this destroyer, originally to be named Python, as a private venture, with the hull constructed by Hawthorn Leslie, to experiment with a mixed power plant. She was purchased 7/6/1902. Turbines intended for high speeds were not economical in fuel at ordinary cruising speeds. Therefore a separate pair of TE engines were coupled to the low pressure turbine shafts. The problem would eventually be solved by fitting separate cruising turbines, as was done to Velox in 1906. Velox had two propellers on each shaft.
    Another turbine boat was ordered a little later, but as she was basically one of the 'River' class she is listed under that class.

Modernizations: 1906: VTEs were replaced by cruising turbines.

Naval service: Velox was mined off the Nab 25/10/1915.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14