Desperate Class (1897) TBD
Desperate Class was one of a large number of classes of Torpedo Boat Destroyers. Designed to a
common contract speed of 30kts, with each class built by a different
builder. They were a follow on to the similar 27kt design of the 1893/94 programme. The 90 ships ordered from 1892/93 to 1896/97 programmes
almost completed Royal Navy requirement for torpedo boat destroyers.
Built by Thorneycroft, part of the 1894/95 construction programme. They were a class of four ships.
The initial order was for three, with the fourth added a short time later.
Their purpose was to defend the Channel and Fleet operations near hostile shores from torpedo boats. So they only had a short radius of action.
The single designation 30-knotters covered a large number of distinct designs. So when class letters were assigned on 30-Aug-1912, four funnel ships were assigned to B Class; three funnel ships to C Class and two funnel ships to D Class.
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