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TB2 torpedo boats (11, 1878 - 1879)


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  TB2 (Naval History and Heritage Command)    

Ships


Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TB2 71 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1878 1878 1878 sold 1897
TB3 72 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1878 1878 1878 sold 1904-5
TB4 73 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1878 1878 1879 sold 1905
TB5 74 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1878 1879 1879 sold 1897
TB6 75 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1879 1879 1879 BU 1905
TB7 76 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1879 1879 1879 sold 1904
TB8 77 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1879 1879 1879 BU 1903
TB9 78 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1879 1879 1879 BU 1900
TB10 79 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1879 1879 1880 BU 1900
TB11 80 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1879 1880 1880 BU 1904
TB12 81 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1879 1880 1880 sold 1904


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

28

Displacement full, t32
Length, m

TB2-9, 11-12: 26.3 pp 26.5 oa

TB10: 27.7 pp 27.9 oa

Breadth, m

3.1

Draught, m

1.60

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VCE, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

460

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

coal 3

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

1 x 1 - 406 TT (3)

Complement

15



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<i>TB3 & TB10 </i>(A.Dashyan)        
TB3 & TB10 (A.Dashyan)        
  <i>TB2</i><i> </i>(Naval History and Heritage Command)    
  TB2 (Naval History and Heritage Command)    
  <i>TB3 </i>(Naval History and Heritage Command)  
  TB3 (Naval History and Heritage Command)  


Ship project history


With the success of the Lightning a class of improved sisters was ordered from her builder. These differed from her in not having the coach top aft, and they all had her final armament arrangement from the start, TB10 was the odd man out, having a ram bow and therefore somewhat different lines, but otherwise was the same. For some time they were considered 'very fair seaboats' but were really too small and fragile for successful service in the open sea, and became rapidly obsolete. By 1886 they could make about 16kts at sea. They were later fitted with 2 torpedoes in dropping gear. A couple were used for trials with various forms of spar torpedo.

Modernizations


1880s, all: - 1 x 1 - 406 TT; + 2 - 356 TC

Naval service


No significant events.

(Naval History and Heritage Command)