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DEFENDER torpedo boats (8, 1883)


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Defender class boat  

Ships


Names Builders Completed Losses Transfers Discarded

New Zealand Naval Service:

Defender

Taiaroa

Waitemata

Poneke

Victoria Naval Service, 1901- RAN:

Nepean

Lonsdale

Tasmania Naval Service (to South Australia 1900), 1901- RAN:

No 191

Queensland Naval Service, 1901- RAN:

Mosquito

Thornycroft, Chiswick: Defender, Taiaroa, Waitemata, Poneke, Nepean, Lonsdale, No 191, Mosquito

1883: Defender, Taiaroa, Waitemata, Poneke, No 191

1884: Nepean, Lonsdale, Mosquito

none

none

1900s: Defender, Taiaroa, Waitemata, Poneke

1910: No 191, Mosquito

1913: Nepean, Lonsdale



Technical data


Displacement normal, t

12

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

19.2 pp

Breadth, m

2.29

Draught, m1.18
No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p. 
Max speed, kts

17

Fuel, t

coal 0.8

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

Defender, Taiaroa, Waitemata, Poneke, No 191, Mosquito: 1 x 2 - 25/40 Nordenfelt Mk I, 1 McEvoy charge on steel spar

Nepean, Lonsdale: 1 x 2 - 25/40 Nordenfelt Mk I, 1 - 356 TT (bow)

Complement

7



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<i>Defender </i>class boat  
Defender class boat  


Ship project history


Colonial Service 2nd class torpedo boats, identical to early 63ft 2nd class boats built for the Royal Navy.

Modernizations


1885, No 191 and 3 from 4 New Zealand boats: - spar torpedo; + 2 - 356 TC

Naval service


No significant events.