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Vouga 1933

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Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Dão D, 1956- D331   Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   30.7.1934 1.1935 stricken 11.1960
Douro     Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   9.6.1932 1934 // --- incomplete to Colombia 1934 (Antioquia)
Douro DR, 1956- D332   Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   15.8.1934 2.1936 stricken 12.1959
Lima L, 1956- D333   Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK   29.5.1933 10.1933 stricken 10.1965
Tejo     Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   9.6.1932 1934 // --- incomplete to Colombia 1934 (Caldas)
Vouga V, 1956- D334   Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK   25.1.1933 6.1933 stricken 6.1967
Tejo T, 1956- D335   Estaleiro Real de Lisboa   4.5.1935 10.1935 stricken 2.1965


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

1219

Displacement full, t1563
Length, m

93.6 pp 98.5 oa

Breadth, m

9.45

Draught, m

3.35

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

33000

Max speed, kts

36

Fuel, t

oil 345

Endurance, nm(kts)3500(15)
Armament

4 x 1 - 120/50 Vickers Mk G, 3 x 1 - 40/39 QF Mk VIII, 2 x 4 - 533 TT, 20 mines, 2 DCR (12)

Electronic equipmentpresumably hydrophone
Complement

127



Standard scale images


<i>Vouga </i>1933
Vouga 1933
<i>Vouga </i>1960
Vouga 1960


Graphics


<i>Vouga </i>1933
Vouga 1933
<i>Douro </i>1952
Douro 1952


Project history

Designed by Yarrow on a basis of British destroyer Ambuscade. From British prototype they differed by main guns: on Portuguese destroyers there were Vickers-Armstrong Mk G 120mm/50 guns with separated loading and box-shaped shields. AA armament was comprised by three 40mm/39 pompoms in single mounts with 85° max elevation (two on aft superstructure, one between funnels). All ships were arranged for minelaying, but with mines onboard the metacentric height fell to dangerous value. Machinery included three Yarrow boilers with lateral arrangement of fire chambers and economizers (28atm working pressure) and Curtiss geared turbine units with Parsons cruising turbines.

Contract with Yarrow on two ships and four complete sets of machineries was concluded 12.6.1931. Lima and Vouga were built in Britain, Douro and Tejo in Portugal. 18.1.1933 the order for one more complete set of machinery, for scheduled to building in Portugal Dão has followed. First Vouga has shown 36.17kts on trials at 32255hp. On trials Lima made 36.36kts at 33050hp. Soon after commission complement has been increased to 147.

Two ships built in Portugal, Douro and Tejo, in the early 1934, before commission, have been sold to Colombia as Caldas and Antioquia as a opponents to two Peruvian destroyers of Novik class, bought in 1933 in Estonia. Instead of them in Lisbon two new ships under the same names were laid down, machineries were again ordered to Yarrow.

Modernizations

1942-1943, all: + 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1946-1949, all: - 3 x 1 - 40/39, 1 x 4 - 533 TT (fwd); + 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 4 DCT; complement was 184

1957, all: - 2 x 1 - 120/50, 4 x 1 - 20/70, 4 DCT; + 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 9, 3 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 1 x 3 - 305 Squid Mk 4 ASWRL, MLA-1B radar, type 147 sonar

Naval service

No significant events.