home

fighting ships of the world

ARGENTINEAN NAVY (ARGENTINA)

TORPEDO SHIPS

ESPORA torpedo gunboats (1890)

Espora 1893

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Espora 574 Laird, Birkenhead, UK 1889 4/1890 12/1890 stricken 6/1916
Rosales 575 Laird, Birkenhead, UK 1889 5/1890 12/1890 foundered 9/7/1892

 

Displacement normal, t

520

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

61.0 pp 64.0 oa

Breadth, m

7.62

Draught, m

2.51 mean

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 4 locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

3420

Max speed, kts

19.4

Fuel, t

coal 130

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

2 x 1 - 76/46 Maxim-Nordenfelt 14pdr 18cwt, 1 x 1 - 63/42 Nordenfelt, 2 x 1 - 47/42 Nordenfelt, 1 - 450 TT (bow), 2 x 2 - 450 TT

Complement

47

Ship project history: Espora and Rosales were steel-hulled boats with a raised forecastle and poop and two raked masts and funnels. The 76mm Nordenfelt  QF guns were mounted en échelon on the forecastle, with the 8pdr and two 3pdr guns on the poop. There was one fixed bow TT, and the others were in pairs on trainable mountings forward and aft of the second funnel. Espora was reconstructed in 1905, retaining the bow TT and the two 3in guns, but the remaining armament was replaced by 5-3pdr (5 x 1) and the trainable tubes were removed. Her loco boilers were replaced by six Yarrow watertube boilers.

Modernizations: 1905, Espora: boilers were replaced by 6 Yarrow; - 1 x 1 - 63/42, 2 x 2 - 450 TT; + 3 x 1 - 47/42 Nordenfelt

Naval service: Rosales foundered during a storm in the mouth of La Plata 9/7/1892.

Espora after reboilering

Ivan Gogin, 2014