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CHINESE NAVY (CHINA)

TORPEDO SHIPS

HAI LUNG destroyers (1898)

Hai Lung 1900

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
海华 <Hai Hoha>   Schichau, Elbing, Germany 1897 1898 1898 captured by Russia 17/6/1900 (Leytenant Burakov)
海龙 <Hai Lung>   Schichau, Elbing, Germany 1897 1898 1898 captured by United Kingdom 17/6/1900 (Taku)
海犀 <Hai Hse>   Schichau, Elbing, Germany 1897 1898 1898 captured by France 17/6/1900 (Takou)
海青 <Hai Ying>   Schichau, Elbing, Germany 1897 1898 1898 captured by Germany 17/6/1900 (Taku)

  

Displacement normal, t

243

Displacement full, t

284

Length, m

59.0

Breadth, m

6.40

Draught, m

2.55

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 4 Thornycroft boilers

Power, h. p.

6000

Max speed, kts

33.6

Fuel, t

coal 67

Endurance, nm(kts)

3000(10)

Armament

6 x 1 - 47/30 Hotchkiss Mk II, 2 x 1 - 356 TT

Complement

57

Ship project history: These steel-hulled destroyers featured a ram bow, a turtleback forecastle and two raked funnels. The 3pdr QFs were mounted on the broadside abreast the first and second funnels and aft, and the 356mm TT were in trainable centreline mountings fore and aft of the second funnel.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: All four vessels were captured at Taku on 17/6/1900 by the International expedition that was relieving the Peking Legations, and one each went in service with the British, French, German and Russian navies, all being renamed Taku (Takou in the case of the French boat). Hai Hoha became Russian Taku (later Leytenant Burakov), Hai Lung became British Taku, Hai Ying  became German Taku and Hai Hse French Takou.

Ivan Gogin, 2014