H.M. T.B. 79 (1886)

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H.M. T.B. 79 (1886)
Builder: Yarrow & Company[1]
Yard Number: 733[2]
Launched: 1886[3]
Completed: December 1886[4]
Sold: 19 November, 1919[5]
H.M. T.B. 79 was one of 53 first-class torpedo boats of the 125 Footer class.

Construction & Service

T.B. 79 was a modified version of Yarrow's other 125 footer torpedo boats. Her hull form was changed to improve her steering qualities and she was fitted with a triple-expansion engine instead of the compound expansion engines used in the other 125 footers.[6][7] She could be steered from either of two conning towers, fore and aft.[8]

Despite her modified design she was completed ahead of the final standard 125 footer T.B. 78.[9]

On 3 December 1886, she surpassed all previous speed records for T.Bs., delivering 22.292 knots over a two hour run, with some runs exceeding 23 knots. She turned in a mean diameter of 85 yards in 58 seconds. Going astern, a circle of 65 yards could be completed in 65 seconds. Observers were excited to note that the boat had very little heel when turning, which would help her fire torpedos while manoeuvring. Finally, so little vibration was experienced that a glass filled to the brim sat unspilt on a table.[10]

Her qualities were so remarkable that on 20 December, she was taken out to demonstrate for a number of notable dignitaries: First Lord of the Admiralty Lord George Hamilton, Director of Naval Ordnance Captain Fisher, and Lieutenant Egerton. This trip also proved a great success.[11]

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.[12]

She was commissioned on 8 July 1896 in order to participate in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1896, but I have been unable to find who was her captain.[13][14][15]

T.B. 79 was reboilered in 1901.[16]

In commission at Portsmouth, December 1905.[17]

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. 079.[18]

In commission at Chatham, December 1906.[19]

In commission with a nucleus crew at Sheerness, April 1910.[20]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 103.
  2. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 311.
  3. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 311.
  4. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 311.
  5. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 311.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 103.
  7. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 311.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Dec 21, 1886; pg. 7; Issue 31948.
  9. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 311.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Dec 06, 1886; pg. 9; Issue 31935.
  11. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Dec 21, 1886; pg. 7; Issue 31948.
  12. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1895. p. 62.
  13. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 26, 1896; pg. 7; Issue 34927.
  14. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 09, 1896; pg. 11; Issue 34938.
  15. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jul 10, 1896; pg. 8; Issue 34939.
  16. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 103.
  17. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 399.
  18. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 78.
  19. The Navy List. (January, 1907). p. 399.
  20. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  21. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 2 July, 1887. Issue 32114, col C, p. 12.
  22. Jackson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/38. f. 685.
  23. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 3 July, 1888. Issue 32428, col A, p. 10.
  24. Nicholson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 291.
  25. George V Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/244. f. 255.
  26. George V Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/244. f. 255.
  27. "Naval Intelligence". The Times. Friday, 19 July, 1890. Issue 33068, col C, p. 12.
  28. Leveson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 472.
  29. Leveson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 472.
  30. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Jul 10, 1893; pg. 10; Issue 33999.
  31. Haggard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 38.
  32. Haggard Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 38.
  33. "APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 16, 1903; pg. 8; Issue 37134.
  34. "Appointments for the Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 09, 1904; pg. 12; Issue 37442.
  35. Napier Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 296.
  36. Fox Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/98. f. ?.
  37. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 399.
  38. Fox Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/98. f. ?.
  39. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 399.
  40. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 399.
  41. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 399.
  42. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  43. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 400.
  44. Abbay Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/338. f. ?.
  45. Graham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 334.
  46. The Navy List. (January, 1912). p. 400.
  47. Graham Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 334.
  48. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 400.
  49. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 400.
  50. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401b.
  51. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 401b.
  52. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 401b.
  53. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 401b.
  54. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 399v.
  55. The Navy List. (December, 1918). p. 955.
  56. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 399v.
  57. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 958.

Bibliography


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 –>