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TB76 torpedo boats (20, 1882-1883)


Ships


Names Builders Completed Losses Transfers Discarded

TB76 - 95

Thornycroft, Chiswick: TB76-95

1882: TB78 - 84

1883: TB76, 77, 85 - 95

none

none

1898: TB83, 93

1900s: TB85, 86, 88

1902: TB79, 81, 90 - 92

1904: TB84

1905: TB87

1906: TB76 - 78, 82, 94

1907: TB80, 89

1912: TB95



Technical data


Displacement normal, t

12.5

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

19.5 oa 19.2 pp

Breadth, m

2.29

Draught, m1.07
No of shafts

1

Machinery

TB76, 77: 1 2-cyl VC, 1 Herreshoff spiral water-tube boiler

TB78 - 95: 1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.170
Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

2 - 356 TT (bow)

Complement

7



Ship project history


The concept of purpose-built small TBs capable of being lifted by the davits of large ships seems to have originated with the Royal Navy; certainly more were built for that service than for any other. One TB carrier, Vulcan, was specially built to carry them, and for some years numbers of this type of boat were built. However, in the long run experience showed it was better to use the slower but much sturdier and more seaworthy steam pinnaces for this purpose, rather than the frail specially built Second Class boats.

The first two boats of this order were fitted with Herreschoff coil boilers for comparative purposes, but these were soon replaced by locomotive boilers similar to those in their sisters.

Modernizations


1880s, TB76, 77: were re-boilered with 1 locomotive boiler.

Naval service


No significant events.