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repeat River type destroyers (TEST) (2, 1909)


Ships


Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Stour N08, D30, D80, H83   Laird, Birkenhead 12/1904 3/6/1905 12/1909 sold 8/1919
Test N34, D32, D87, H84   Laird, Birkenhead 9/1905 14/1/1907 12/1909 sold 8/1919


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

550

Displacement full, t620
Length, m

69.1 oa 67.1 pp

Breadth, m

7.21

Draught, m

2.70

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Parsons steam turbines, 4 Normand boilers

Power, h. p.

7000

Max speed, kts

25.5

Fuel, t

coal 130

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 3 x 1 - 76/28 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 2 x 1 - 450 TT (4)

Complement

70



Ship project history


A number of firms had laid down 'River' class hulls in expectation of receiving orders, and when further orders were cancelled they were left on the builders' hands. Initially the Admiralty would have nothing to do with the problem, but after the loss of Gala and Blackwater it was decided to buy them at £50,000 each (as compared with a cost of £67,000-£87,000 for the original 'Rivers'). They ran trials satisfactorily in October 1909 and were bought two months later.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


No significant events.