Renouf Torpedo Tactical Instrument Type M
The Type M Renouf Torpedo Tactical Instrument was conceived around 1919 and in 1920 a pair were planned for manufacture so they might be tried.
Concept and Design
The device's function is explained in the Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1919.
A full description was being promised for a forthcoming edition of the Handbook of Torpedo Control.
History and Deployment
In 1919, it was envisaged that twenty-six would be ordered. Plans for where to put them were, perhaps, fuzzy, as most of the named recipients are not ships but the Commanders-in-Chief of various stations, and Admirals commanding various Battle Squadrons and their seconds in command. Two were slated to go to Australia, in the heavy cruiser Australia and their Torpedo School.
|Planned Allocation of Type M Instruments, 1919|
|Atlantic Fleet||China||Africa||East Indies||South America||Coasts of Americas|
|Flag Officers Commanding Formations|
|1st B.S. (2)||2nd B.S. (2)||3rd B.S. (2)||4th B.S. (2)||B.C.F. (2)||Aircraft (1)|
|8th L.C.S. (1)|
|Ships and Schools|
|Australia||Hood||Vernon (3)||Defiance||Actæon||R.A.N. (T) School|
By 1921, however, only two had been issued, one each to Queen Elizabeth and Barham. At the same time, all types of Renouf instruments were under evaluation for ideas that would render them "less complicated and less liable to foul."
- Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1920. Plate 37.
- Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1919. pp. 120-4.
- Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1920. p. 91.
- Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1919. p. 120.
- Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1921. p. 144.
- H.M.S. Vernon. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1919. C.B. 1569. Copy 103 at The National Archives. ADM 189/39.
- H.M.S. Vernon. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1920. C.B. 1584. Copy 126 at The National Archives. ADM 189/40.