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TB17 torpedo boat (2, 1878)


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TB17

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TB17   419 Yarrow, Poplar 1878 1878 1878 Discarded 1907
TB18   420 Yarrow, Poplar 1878 1878 1878 Discarded 1902


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

33

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

26.2 oa 24.6 pp

Breadth, m

3.35

Draught, m

1.37

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

450

Max speed, kts

21

Fuel, t

coal 5

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

1 x 1 - 356 TT (2)

Complement

15



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<i> TB17</i>
TB17
<i>TB17</i> or <i>TB18</i>  
TB17 or TB18  


hip project history


These two boats were built for Russia when the Russo-Turkish War and the subsequent war scare caused the Admiralty to purchase them. They were described as 'notoriously shaky and weak in construction', and had to be virtually rebuilt. Their propeller shaft projected underneath the rudder, and their conning towers were aft. They had the usual two funnels abreast, typical of Yarrow boats of the time.

Modernizations


1880s, both: - 1 x 1 - 356 TT; + 2 - 356 TC

Naval service


TB17 was used for some spectacular 'boom jumping' trials in 1887 at Malta, where she was finally sold.