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Orwell Class (1900) TBD

The Orwell 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 1895/96 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 1897/98 construction programme. They were a single ship class. A repeat of the company's previous Earnest 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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This page last edited - 22 June, 2012.

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