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Zebra Class (1900) TBD

The Zebra Class was one of 14 Classes of Torpedo Boat Destroyers. Designed to a common contract speed of 27kts, with each class built by a different builder.

Built by Thames Iron Works of Blackwall, part of the 1893/94 construction programme.

In comparison with the prototypes the bow torpedo tube was omitted.

While the builders had a long and successful pedigree of building sailing ships and had built major iron warships this was it's first attempt at building a ship of this size.

The original design required a large number of alterations and after launch it took an extended time to reach its contract speed and be accepted. As a result the company did not receive another destroyer order for about 10 years.

On 30-Aug-1912, in common with all other 27kt and prototype classes they were redesignated the A Class.   

 

 

 

 

 

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This page last edited - 16 May, 2013.

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