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Armstrong 27-knots destroyers, 1893 - 94 follow up order (SWORDFISH) (2, 1896)


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Spitfire

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Swordfish     Armstrong, Elswick 4/6/1894 27/3/1895 12/1896 sold 10/1910
Spitfire     Armstrong, Elswick 4/6/1894 7/6/1895 11/1896 sold 4/1912


Technical data


Displacement normal, t320
Displacement full, t

355

Length, m

62.3 oa 61.0 pp

Breadth, m

5.79

Draught, m

2.36

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 4-cyl VTE, 8 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

4500

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

coal 57?

Endurance, nm(kts)3000(10)
Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 5 x 1 - 57/40 6pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 x 1 - 450 TT (4)

Complement

58



Standard scale images


<i>Swordfish </i>1896
Swordfish 1896


Graphics


<i> Swordfish</i>
Swordfish
<i> Spitfire</i>
Spitfire


Ship project history


Before the Havock had completed it was decided to order another six destroyers from Thornycroft and Yarrow. Another nine were ordered from other builders making up, a few months later, the 1893/94 Programme. Apart from a slight increase in size the main difference was that the gun armament was increased by 2 57mm guns. The first six (the Thornycroft and Yarrow boats) had a bow tube fitted, but it was found to throw up clouds of spray in anything except a flat calm, had a bad effect on seakeeping and was soon removed.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


No significant events.