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S120 large seagoing torpedo boats (1904)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
S120, 9.1916- T120   718 Schichau, Elbing 1903 10.2.1904 5.1904 discarded 3.1921
S121, 9.1916- T121   719 Schichau, Elbing 1903 3.3.1904 6.1904 discarded 3.1920
S122, 9.1916- T122   720 Schichau, Elbing 1903 23.4.1904 8.1904 sunk 5.10.1918
S123   721 Schichau, Elbing 1903 25.6.1904 8.1904 sunk 1.5.1916
S124   722 Schichau, Elbing 1903 3.8.1904 10.1904 collision 30.11.1914


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

391

Displacement full, t

468

Length, m

64.7 oa 64.2 wl

Breadth, m

7.00

Draught, m

2.63 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

S120-123: 2 VTE, 3 Marine boilers

S124: 2 VTE, 3 Normand boilers

Power, h. p.

6400

Max speed, kts

27.5

Fuel, t

coal 115

Endurance, nm(kts)

1500(17)

Armament

3 x 1 - 50/37 SK L/40 C/92, 3 x 1 - 450 TT (5)

Complement

61



Standard scale images


<i>S120</i><i> </i>1906
S120 1906


Project history

Apart from the experimental turbine vessel (another was building at the end of the period), these units, classed as large torpedo boats but, despite their lighter guns, really the equivalent of contemporary foreign destroyers, show a large degree of homogeneity. They all shared the 'trade mark' of the torpedo tube placed before the bridge in a well deck between the raised forecastle and the charthouse. All had two funnels. In fact this design was a combination of the best features of the D9 and the D10, of the German torpedo boat traditional design, and of the British destroyer. The result was a sturdy and seaworthy vessel, not as fast as foreign boats, but probably more useful than most.

Modernizations

1910s, S120-123: - 1 x 1 - 50/37; + 1 x 1 - 88/27 SK L/30 C/89 or 1 x 1 - 88/27 TK L/30 C/08 or 1 x 1 - 88/32 SK L/35 C/01 or 1 x 1 - 88/42 TK L/45 C/14

Naval service

T122 was sunk by mine 5.10.1918 in the North Sea. S123 was mined in the North Sea 1.5.1916. S124 sank after collision with Danish s/s Anglodane 30.11.1914 in the Baltic Sea, later salvaged and scrapped.