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TB81 torpedo boat (SWIFT) (1, 1885)


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TB81 as completed  

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
TB81 (ex-Swift), 1906- TB081     White, Cowes 1884 1885 1885 sold 10/1921


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

137

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

46.9 oa 45.72 pp

Breadth, m

5.34

Draught, m2.90
No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl VC, 1 locomotive boiler

Power, h. p.

1300

Max speed, kts

23.0

Fuel, t

coal 35

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

4 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 1 - 356 TT (bow), 2 x 1 - 356 TT

Complement

25



Graphics


<i>TB81</i> as completed  
TB81 as completed  
<i>TB81 </i>after reboilering  
TB81 after reboilering  


Ship project history


In 1888 White began building as a private venture, with an eye to Admiralty purchase, a larger version of their 'turnabout' boat equipped with the cut-up stern, a ram bow with a spur ram, and referred to her as a 'torpedo boat destroyer'. In 1885 the Admiralty was glad to buy this formidable vessel just before she ran her first trials. She was purchased and named TB81 in 1888.

Modernizations


1905: was reboilered with 2 water-tube boilers

1916: + 2 DCR

Naval service


After war service as a patrol craft she was broken up in 1921.