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RATTLESNAKE torpedo gun boat (1, 1887)


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Rattlesnake

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Rattlesnake   537 Laird, Birkenhead 16/11/1885 11/9/1886 5/1887 hulk 1905


Technical data


Displacement normal, t550
Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

61.0 pp

Breadth, m

7.01

Draught, m

3.15

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 3-cyl VTE, locomotive boilers

Power, h. p.

natural draught: 1600, forced draught: 2700

Max speed, kts

natural draught: 16.7, forced draught: 19.2

Fuel, t

coal 100

Endurance, nm(kts)2800(10)
Armour, mm

steel; deck: 19

Armament

1 x 1 - 102/27 BL Mk II/III/IV/V/VI, 6 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 - 356 TT (1 bow, 1 stern, aw), 2 x 1 - 356 TT (8 at all)

Complement

66



Standard scale images


<i>Rattlesnake</i> 1887
Rattlesnake 1887


Graphics


<i> Rattlesnake</i>
Rattlesnake


Ship project history


Unlike later TGBs Rattlesnake had a protective deck of 19mm steel. She had two fixed tubes and one training tube on either beam. The 102mm gun was mounted forward, and she was the same length as contemporary small cruisers but much narrower and shallower, the latter feature being intended to make torpedoes pass harmlessly under her. Ordered as a result of the Russian war scare, she proved a successful vessel, being kept in service, and still able to make her original speed, when her near-sisters of the Grasshopper class had all been removed from the effective list.

Ship protection


Ship was protected by curved steel 19mm deck.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


Rattlesnake became virtually hulk in 1905, she was removed from Effective List in 1906.