TBD Specials Class (1900) TBD

Part of the 1896-97 construction programme, three ships were ordered which were contracted to be faster larger and more powerful  than the existing designs.

The Admiralty ordered one each from Thorneycroft, Albatross to achieve 32-kts, Thomson, Arab at 32kts and Laird, Express at 33kts.

They were the only reciprocating engined specials to be ordered as it became clear they had difficulty making their designed speeds. They were considered experimental vessels and despite being unable to achieve their contract speeds were eventually accepted into service.

The problem was with their reciprocating engines whose development had been pushed to their limits. The solution to faster speeds was the introduction of a different type of engine the Turbine.  


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