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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Growth of Torpedo Boats of the Three Great Powers

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Growth of Torpedo Boats of the Three Great Powers.

The following is a summary of all the first-class torpedo boats, as distinct from farpedo-boat catchers and torpedo-boat destroyers, that have been built, ordered, or authorised by Great Brirain, France, and Russia since the passing of the English Naval Defence Act of 1889:—
Great Britain France Russia
28-knot boats 2
26-knot boats 2 3
25-knot boats 7 1
24-knot boats 10
23-knot boats 11 53
22-knot boats 4 3
21-knot boats 20 14
Slow boats 3 4
11 101 25

Recent information cabled from Home shows that greater vigour is now being exercised in respect of these boats. Among the latest completions are the Havock, with a speed of 26 knots per hour, and the Hazard, which makes 28 knots, that is 34 miles an hour, the highest rate yet reached by any of this class. This gives promise of the accomplishment of a speed of forty-miles-an-hour which has lately been predicted as the speed that may safely be reached. At the same time far larger provision has been made for extended naval construction in the Old Country.

The sixty-seven ton gun is to be abandoned by the Admiralty as too heavy for battleships. The 110 gun was similarly condemned some time ago. Guns of 12 inch bore and fifty tons which can be loaded by hand are to be the heavy weapons of the future.