H.M. T.B. 25 (1885)

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H.M. T.B. 25 (1885)
Builder: Thornycroft[1]
Ordered: 24 February, 1885[2]
Launched: 7 October, 1885[3]
Sold: October 1919[4]
H.M. T.B. 25 was the prototype vessel of the 53 first-class torpedo boats of the 125 Footer class.

Construction

T.B. 25 was designed as a lengthened version of the earlier Childers built for the Victorian Navy of Australia.[5] Her design included a low "bull nose" bow that included a fixed torpedo tube. This bow proved totally unsatisfactory owing to the amount of water that washed over the decks, and she was soon rebuilt with a conventional straight stem without a bow tube.[6]

Service

Commissioned as tender to Valorous in June 1886 for flotilla manoeuvres.[7][8]

In 1895, she was one of twenty-three torpedo boats of at least 125 feet in length stationed in Portsmouth along with four smaller ones.[9]

Around 1906-1907, with the issuance of torpedo boat numbers to the first of the Cricket class torpedo boats, the existing Torpedo Boats numbered 25 to 79 had a "0" prepended to their number. This vessel, therefore, became T.B. 025.[10]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 102.
  2. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.
  3. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.
  4. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.
  5. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.
  6. Brown. Steam Torpedo Boats. pp. 79-80.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 245.
  8. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Thursday, 27 May, 1886. Issue 31770, col D, p. 7.
  9. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1895. p. 62.
  10. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 78.
  11. Jackson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 685.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1886). p. 245.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 245.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 245.
  15. Egerton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 396.
  16. Egerton Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 396.
  17. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 3 July, 1888. Issue 32428, col A, p. 10.
  18. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 253/510.
  19. Lambert Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 253/510.
  20. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Monday, 15 July, 1889. Issue 32751, col A, p. 4.
  21. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Saturday, 16 July, 1892. Issue 33692, col A, p. 17.
  22. Molteno Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 260.
  23. Leir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/21. f. 424.
  24. Leir Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/21. f. 424.
  25. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 399.
  26. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Friday, 4 May, 1906. Issue 38011, col D, p. 10.
  27. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 399. 8 May specified here.
  28. Macnamara Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/130. f. 238.
  29. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 399.
  30. Macnamara Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/130. f. 238.
  31. Saltren-Willett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/126. f. ?.
  32. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 26 January, 1907. Issue 38240, col C, p. 11.
  33. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 399.
  34. Saltren-Willett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/126. f. ?.
  35. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 400.
  36. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  37. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 400.
  38. Poignand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/151. f. 555.
  39. Magee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/251. f. 521.
  40. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  41. Magee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/251. f. 521.
  42. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 401.
  43. Roberts Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/34/397.
  44. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401a.
  45. Bird Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 240/56/163. f. 163.
  46. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 401a.
  47. Bird Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 240/56/163. f. 163.
  48. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 399u.
  49. The Navy List. (February, 1919). pp. 730, 957.
  50. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 957.

Bibliography

  • Brown, David K. (2005). Jordan, John. ed. "Steam Torpedo Boats of the Royal Navy". Warship 2005: pp. 73-96.
  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Lyon, David; Winfield, Rif (2004). The Sail & Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy, 1815-1889. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1861760329. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).


125 Footer Class First-class Torpedo Boat
Prototype
  T.B. 25  
Thornycroft Boats
T.B. 26 T.B. 27 T.B. 28 T.B. 29 T.B. 41
T.B. 42 T.B. 43 T.B. 44 T.B. 45 T.B. 46
T.B. 47 T.B. 48 T.B. 49 T.B. 50 T.B. 51
T.B. 52 T.B. 53 T.B. 54 T.B. 55 T.B. 56
  T.B. 57 T.B. 58 T.B. 59 T.B. 60  
Yarrow Boats
T.B. 30 T.B. 31 T.B. 32 T.B. 33 T.B. 61
T.B. 62 T.B. 63 T.B. 64 T.B. 65 T.B. 66
T.B. 67 T.B. 68 T.B. 69 T.B. 70 T.B. 71
T.B. 72 T.B. 73 T.B. 74 T.B. 75 T.B. 76
  T.B. 77 T.B. 78  
White Boats
T.B. 34 T.B. 35 T.B. 36 T.B. 37 T.B. 38
Yarrow Special
  T.B. 79  
<– H.M. T.B. 81 Torpedo Boats (UK) H.M. T.B. 80 –>
<– H.M. T.B. 81 First-class Torpedo Boats (UK) H.M. T.B. 80 –>