H.M. T.B. 15 (1879)

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H.M. T.B. 15 (1879)
Builder: Hanna, Donald & Wilson[1]
Ordered: c. March 1878[2]
Launched: 1879[3]
Repurposed or Sold: 1903[4] or 1905[5] (see text)
H.M. T.B. 15 was one of 19 first-class torpedo boats of the T.B. 1 class.

Construction

She was the only torpedo boat ordered from Hanna, Donald & Wilson by the Admiralty, although the company was given an order for a Royal Indian Marine torpedo boat by the India Office and this ship subsequently became the Royal Navy's T.B. 100.[6] The lack of follow-up orders is unclear, as none of the major sources give details of T.B. 15's seaworthiness or reliability, but it may be explained by the extensive troubles encountered with this company's destroyers Fervent and Zephyr, neither of which were very successful in service and required extensive work before being accepted for service.[7]

Service

In 1881, there were twenty first-class torpedo boats in all, and T.B. 15 was partly fitted for Whitehead and one of eleven boats serving out of Portsmouth.[8] She was sent to the Cape of Good Hope soon after this.[9]

In 1895, she was one of four first-class torpedo boats stationed at the Cape of Good Hope.[10] T.B. 15 remained at the Cape after this and survived into the twentieth century, but details of her fate conflict. D.K. Brown and Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships state her hull was scuttled to become part of a retaining wall in 1903, possibly at Simonstown, but David Lyon and Rif Winfield's The Steam & Sail Navy List lists her fate as "Sold 1905" with no further details given.[11][12][13]

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. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 23 March, 1878. Issue 29210, col A, p. 11.
  3. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 102.
  5. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.
  6. Brown. Steam Torpedo Boats. p. 78.
  7. The First Destroyers. p. 74-76.
  8. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1881. p. 35.
  9. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 102.
  10. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1895. p. 62.
  11. Brown. Steam Torpedo Boats. p. 78.
  12. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 102.
  13. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 309.

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).


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