H.M. T.B. 21 (1884)

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H.M. T.B. 21 (1885)
Builder: Thornycroft[1]
Ordered: 19 January, 1884[2]
Launched: 18 March, 1885[3]
Sold: 1907[4]
H.M. T.B. 21 was one of four first-class torpedo boats of the 113 Footer class.

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. 021.[5]

Predecessor

The original T.B. 21 was a Lightning-type vessel ordered by the Admiralty on 8 May, 1878 from E. H. Newby of Cheapside. She was launched in 1879 but was so unacceptable she was rejected outright by the Royal Navy on 29 August, 1879. Unlike Rennie's T.B. 20, which had also been rejected by the Admiralty, Newby's failed torpedo boat went unreplaced by her builder, and her number was taken over by a later Thornycroft vessel.[6]

Construction

The design of T.B. 21 and her sister T.B. 22 was based on the earlier Childers built for the Victorian Navy of Australia.[7]

Service

During the crisis following the Panjdeh Incident in 1885, T.B. 21 was put into commission as part of Admiral Phipps Hornby's Particular Service Squadron on 28 April, and was later involved in the year's Annual Manoeuvres at Berehaven.[8]

T.B. 21 was recommissioned on 18 March, 1886 for transfer to the Mediterranean with T.B. 22.[9] She departed Plymouth on 4 April for the Mediterranean.[10][11] She paid off on 30 June, 1886.[12]

In 1895, she was one of ten first-class torpedo boats stationed in Malta.[13] She remained at Malta until sold in 1907.[14]

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. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 102.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 78.
  6. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 102.
  8. The Navy List. (June, 1885). p. 214.
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 257.
  10. "The Mediterranean Fleet". The Times. Monday, 5 April, 1886. Issue 31725, col D, p. 7.
  11. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 257.
  12. Greville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/33
  13. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1895. p. 62.
  14. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.
  15. The Navy List. (June, 1885). p. 214.
  16. The Navy List. (July, 1886). p. 257.
  17. Greville Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/33

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).


113 Footer Class First-class Torpedo Boat
Thornycroft Boats
  T.B. 21 T.B. 22  
Yarrow Boats
  T.B. 23 T.B. 24  
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