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Taku Class (1900) TBD

The single ship of the Taku Class (1900) was a torpedo boat destroyer.

Originally built in Germany for the Chinese Navy and one of four sister ships captured 17-Jun-1900 during the Boxer Rebellion.

This one ship was commissioned into the Royal Navy and used to compare contemporary British and German torpedo boat destroyers. This was important because their builders claims of 35kts were doubted and their actual performance needed to be determined.

In fact the Taku was considerably slower than her claimed speed and it was considered that her hull had been strained at some point before capture. In 1904 it was decided that she was not suitable for continuous high speed steaming and should not be driven continuously at more than 24kts even in smooth waters because parts of upper deck had buckled and distorted.

 

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This page last edited - 09 January, 2013.

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