Earnest Class (1897) TBD
Earnest 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 30kt 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 Laird of Birkenhead, part of the 1895/96 construction programme. They were a class of six ships. Repeats of the company's previous Quail Class (1897).
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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