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Naval history of the Torpedo Boat Destroyers including HMS Sturgeon, HMS Daring, HMS Ardent and the unique Torpedo Boat Depot Ship HMS Vulcan.

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PL198 -  A Royal Navy Motor Launch  strangely numbered PL198 and not the normal ML198.

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HMS Turbinia built by C A Parsons she was a prototype of the torpedo boat destroyers. She is pictured on the Seine in front of the building which was devoted to the the Land and Sea Armaments of the Paris Exhibition c.1900.

A second-class torpedo boat such as was carried by the large ships of the Royal Navy in the early 1900's.

Crew of a Torpedo Boat

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Torpedo Boats on the Thames.  Sent in by Alan Loose

A torpedo boat destroyer in the early 1900's.

Torpedo Boat c. 1904. 

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Torpedo Boat No 110 

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HMS Kestrel a torpedo boat in Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia.  

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HMS Albacore.

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The wreck of the coastal Motor Boat CMB33A, 13th April 1918. The Motor Torpedo Boat was damaged by shore batteries at Eylau during an attack on Ostende. the crew were drowned after abandoning the wreck. and it drifted ashore and fell into German hands.  (thanks to Fred Cory for the info)

The Motor Launch ML481. Launched sometime in 1915/16. Transferred to the French Navy. 

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The Motor Launch ML473. Launched sometime in 1915/16. Transferred to the French Navy.

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Torpedo Boat 6

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Many of the Torpedo Boat destroyers listed below are also listed under  destroyers as the early years they were classed the same 
Ships Name Launch Date Fate
HMS Havock 12th August 1893  Sold 1911 and Broken up in 1912.
HMS Hornet 23rd December 1893 Broken up in 1909.

Daring Class.   Built by Thornycroft,             View Class

HMS Daring 25th November 1893 Broken up in 1912.
HMS Decoy 2nd February 1894 Collided with another vessel in 1904.

Ardent Class  Built by Thornycroft                 View Class

HMS Ardent 16th October 1894 Broken up in 1911.
HMS Boxer 28th November 1894 Collided with another vessel in 1918.
HMS Bruiser 27th February 1895 Broken up in 1914.

Charger Class                         View Class

HMS Charger 15th September 1894 Broken up in 1912.
HMS Dasher 28th November 1894 Broken up in 1912.
HMS Hasty 16th June 1894 Broken up in 1912.

Haughty Class               View Class

HMS Hardy 16th December 1895 Broken up in 1911.
HMS Haughty 18th September 1895 Broken up in 1911.

Janus Class

HMS Janus 12th March 1895 Broken up in 1914.
HMS Lightning 10th April 1895 Mined in 1915.
HMS Porcupine 19th September 1895 Broken up in 1920.
Snapper Class
HMS Salmon 15th January 1895 Broken up in 1912.
HMS Snapper 30th January 1895 Broken up in 1912.
Banshee Class                 View Class
HMS Banshee 17th November 1894 Broken up in 1912.
HMS Contest 1st December 1894 Broken up in 1911.
HMS Dragon 15th December 1894 Broken up in 1912.
HMS Ferret  1893 Sold and Broken up 1911
HMS Lynz 1894 Sold and Broken up 1912
Fervent Class                 View Class
HMS Fervent 20th March 1895 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Zephyr 10th May 1895 Broken up in 1920.
Conflict Class                       View Class
HMS Conflict 13th December 1894 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Teazer 9th February 1895 Broken up in 1912.
HMS Wizard 26th February 1895 Broken up in 1920.
Cricket Class Coastal Destroyers
HMS Cricket 23rd January 1906 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
HMS Dragonfly 11th March 1906 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
HMS Firefly 1st September 1906 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
HMS Sandfly 30th October 1906 Sold for scrapping in 1920.

             

Two photos of a beached torpedo boat, suspected to be HMS Sandfly.  

HMS Spider 15th December 1906 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
HMS Gadfly 24th June 1906 Sold for scrapping in 1920.

HMS Gadfly.

Contributed by Trevor Piper.  © Vosper Thornycroft

HMS Glowworm 20th December 1906 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
HMS Gnat 1st December 1906 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
HMS Grasshopper 18th March 1907 Sunk in a collision with another vessel.

HMS Grasshopper - Name History

The sixth “Grasshopper” was a turbine coastel destroyer, launched at Thorneycroft’s Yard in 1907.  She was of 215 tons, 3750 horse- power, and 26 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 166ft., 17ft., and 6ft.  Before completion this vessel was given a number, and called torpedo boat No.9.

HMS Greenfly 15th February 1907 Mined and sunk on 10th June 1915.
HMS Mayfly 29th January 1907 Mined and dunk on 7th March 19016.
HMS Moth 15th March 1907 Mined and sunk on 10th June 1915.
TB13 10th July 1907 Sunk after colliding with another vessel on 26th January 1916.
TB14 26th September 1907 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
TB15 19th November 1907 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
TB16 23rd December 1907 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
TB17 21st December 1907 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
TB18 15th February 1908 Paid off in Gibraltar and sold in 1920. She ended her days as a boat running eggs between Morocco and Gibraltar. (Information from Mike Reeve)
My grandfather Arthur Reeve was an Engine Room artificer on TB18 'sub hunting in the Adriatic'. I know that she was at the fire in Salonica as my grandfather says the engineers went ashore to help restore services. He was present when LZ85 was destroyed and had a piece of it as a souvenir. He claimed it had been brought down by TB18's guns but that HMS Agammenon signalled to hold back on the claim and effectively took the credit. I'd like to find out more about this. After she was sold off, the crew got home on a leaky tug which was in great danger of sinking. If you know about the LZ85 story contact me at reeve.mjr@lineone.net 

Thanks to Mike Reeve for this story.

TB19 7th December 1907 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
TB20 21st January 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1921.

Torpedo Boat 20.  Submitted by email

TB21 20th December 1907 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
TB22 1st February 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1920.
TB23 5th December 1907 Sold for scrapping in 1921.

Torpedo boat No.23 in 1902. She measured 113 ft in length with a displacement of 67 tons and a speed of 19 knots.

TB24 19th March 1908 Sunk after colliding with another vessel on 28th January 1917.
TB25 28th August 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
TB26 28th August 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
TB27 29th September 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
TB28 29th October 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
TB29 29th September 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
TB30 29th September 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1919.
TB31 10th October 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
TB32 23rd November 1908 Sold for scrapping in 1921.
TB33 22nd September 1909 Sold for scrapping in 1922.
TB34 22nd September 1909 Sold for scrapping in 1922.

Crew of Torpedo Boat TB34.

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TB35 19th April 1909 Sold for scrapping in 1922.
TB36 6th May 1909 Sold for scrapping in 1921.

Torpedo Boat No.83 pictured pre 1896.

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HMTB No.72

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 In the early morning murk of 24th May 1941, the forward 15in guns of HMS Hood fire the first shots against the mighty German battleship Bismarck. Both Bismarck and her escort, the Prinz Eugen, immediately responded, the latter causing a fierce fire on Hoods upper deck, while plunging shot from Bismarck penetrated deep into the British ships hull, causing an explosion that ripped the Hood apart, sinking her in an instant. Tragically, just three survivors were rescued from the water.

HMS Hood Opens Fire Upon the Bismarck by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth at Alexandria by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 Baron de Donops Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo, 5.30pm, 18th June 1815.  After four hours of fighting, the squadrons of Napoleons 3rd Cavalry Corps finally join the massed assaults on the battered allied infantry squares.  With the 42 year old marechal de camp Frederic-Guillaume de Donop at their head, the 2nd and 3rd Cuirassier Regiments break from a trot into a canter as they clear the ridge.  The heavy cavalry are smashed against the steadfast bayonets of the redcoats and countercharged by light horsemen.  In one of these encounters the general himself is terribly wounded and falls from his horse. His son (aide-de-camp) is also injured.  Both are reported missing and presumed captured.  Although the generals body is not found,it is certain that he met his death in the muddy fields of Waterloo alongside many of his brigade.  In 1895 his name is inscribed on the north face of LArc de Triomphe in Paris in recognition of his service to France.

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