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TB26 torpedo boats (24, 1886-1887)


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TB59  

Ships


Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TB26, 1906 - TB026 218 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 22/10/1885 1886 BU 1919
TB27, 1906- TB027 219 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 26/10/1885 1886 BU 1919
TB28 220 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 7/11/1885 1886 lost 29/7/1898
TB29, 1906- TB029 221 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 19/11/1885 1886 BU 1919
TB41, 1906- TB041 222 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 1885 6/1886 BU 1919
TB42, 1906- TB042 223 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 4/12/1885 6/1886 BU 1919
TB43, 1906- TB043 224 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 1885 6/1886 BU 1919
TB44, 1906- TB044 225 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 1885 6/1886 BU 1919
TB45, 1906- TB045 226 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 21/12/1885 7/1886 BU 1919
TB46, 1906- TB046 227 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1885 4/1/1886 1886 lost 27/12/1915
TB47, 1906- TB047 228 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 28/6/1886 1886 BU 1908
TB48, 1906- TB048 229 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 1886 1886 BU 1915
TB49, 1906- TB049 230 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 1886 8/1886 BU 1919
TB50, 1906- TB050 231 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 17/6/1886 9/1886 BU 1920
TB51, 1906- TB051 232 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 30/7/1886 1886 BU 1913
TB52, 1906- TB052 233 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 1886 9/1886 BU 1919
TB53, 1906- TB053 234 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 16/9/1886 1886 BU 1913
TB54, 1906- TB054 235 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 28/8/1886 1886 BU 1919
TB55, 1906- TB055 236 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 29/8/1886 1886 BU 1920
TB56 237 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 1/10/1886 1886 lost 17/5/1906
TB57, 1906- TB057 238 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 2/10/1886 1886 BU 1919
TB58, 1906- TB058 239 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 18/10/1886 1886 BU 1919
TB59, 1906- TB059 240 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 11/11/1886 1886 BU 1913
TB60, 1906- TB060 241 Thornycroft, Chiswick 1886 10/12/1886 1886 BU 1919


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

70

Displacement full, t93
Length, m

38.9 oa 38.1 pp

Breadth, m

3.81

Draught, m

2.52

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

700-750

Max speed, kts

19.5 - 21.5

Fuel, t

coal 20

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

TB26-29, 41-49: 3 x 2 - 25/40 Nordenfelt Mk I, 1 - 356 TT (bow), 2 x 2 - 356 TT

TB50-60: 3 x 2 - 25/40 Nordenfelt Mk I, 2 x 2 - 356 TT

Complement

16



Graphics


<i>TB41</i> as torpedo boat-catcher (torpedo tubes removed) (A.Dashyan)
TB41 as torpedo boat-catcher (torpedo tubes removed) (A.Dashyan)
<i>TB59</i>  
TB59  
<i>TB27 </i>after<i> </i>reboilering
TB27 after reboilering
<i>TB51 </i>after<i> </i>reboilering    
TB51 after reboilering    


Ship project history


As the danger of war increased firstly four, then another 20 repeats of TB25 were ordered from Thornycrofts. They were identical in all respects except that ihp varied from 700 to 750 and speed from 19.5 to 21.5kts; the last few were not completed by the time that the defect of the 'boll nose' bow was 'universally condemned', and their completion was delayed by having the straight bow without the fixed tube substituted. The earlier boats were soon taken out of service to have this essential modification made.

Modernizations


1886, early boats: - 1 - 356 TT

1901, almost all: were reboilered with water-tube boilers

1915-1917, many: - 3 x 2 - 25/40; + 1 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, DCR

Naval service


TB28 was stranded and then expended as a target at Cape Town in 1898, but most of the others were refitted with water-tube boilers in the early years of the new century. TB56 sank in 1906, but many others survived to be used for local patrol during the 1914-18 war. Some were rearmed with a 3pdr fitted on an AA mounting, and most seem to have been given a depth charge armament. TB046 sank in tow in 1915, but was raised and put back into service.