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TORPEDO SHIPS

CHIEN WEI torpedo gunboats (1903)

Chien Wei 1903

Ta Tung 1933

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
錢偉 <Chien Wei>, 1931- 斯江 <Tze Kiang>   Foochow DYd 1898 29/1/1899 1903 scuttled 11/8/1937
<Chien An>, 1931- 大同 <Ta Tung>   Foochow DYd 1898 3/3/1900 1903 scuttled 11/8/1937

 

Displacement normal, t

871

Displacement full, t

900

Length, m

78.0 pp 79.2 oa

Breadth, m

8.13

Draught, m

3.48 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 4 Normand boilers

Power, h. p.

6500

Max speed, kts

20.5

Fuel, t

coal 360

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armour, mm

steel; belt: 25, deck: 25

Armament

1 x 1 - 100/44 Schneider-Canet M1898, 3 x 1 - 65/50 Schneider-Canet M18921, 6 x 1 - 37/27 Maxim, 2 x 1 - 356 TT

Complement

140

Ship project history: Torpedo gunboats, officially rated as cruisers. Built in Fuzhou under project of French engineer M. Doyère developed on the basis of built by Vulkan torpedo gunboat Fei Ying. They were laid down in the mid-1898 as Chien An and Chien Wei. Ships were launched in 1899-1900, but further works were suspended because of Boxer Rebellion. As a result both ships were transferred to trials only in the end of 1902 and commissioned in 1903.
Machinery was made by F C de la Mediterranée (Le Havre). Side abreast machinery was protected by 25mm armour. Designed speed was 23kts, on trials Chien Wei shown 20.3kts, Chien An 19.8kts, in service conditions they made no more than 18kts.
In 1930-1931 both were rebuilt by Kiangnan in Shanghai to "fast gunboats" and renamed Ta Tung and Tze Kiang respectively. During modernization the architecture and armaments were completely changed, TTs were removed; maximal speed was about 12kts.

Ship protection: 25mm belt and deck protected machinery.

Modernizations: (1930-1931, Kiangnan DYd, Shanghai), both: superstructures were rebuilt; armament consisted of 2 x 1 - 120/45 Armstrong Y, 1 x 1 - 76/50 Armstrong 14pdr QF, 2 x 1 - 57/40 Hotchkiss, 1 x 1 - 37/27 Maxim, 6 x 1 - 7.7/87; without torpedoes, maximal speed was 12kts.

Naval service: In 1937 both ships were actually in disabled condition and 11/08/1937 were scuttled together with old cruisers on Yangtze at Jiangyin for barrage of fairways.

Ta Tung 1931

Ivan Gogin, 2011-14