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|Builders:||Yarrow Shipbuilders, Cubitt Town|
|Preceded by:||Ardent class|
|Succeeded by:||Hardy class|
|Type:||Torpedo boat destroyer|
|Displacement:||255 long tons (259 t) light; 295 long tons (300 t) full load|
|Length:||195 ft (59 m) overall; 190 ft 8 in (58.12 m) between perpendiculars|
|Beam:||18.5 ft (5.6 m)|
|Draught:||7.25 ft (2.2 m)|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)|
|Complement:||50 (later raised to 53)|
The three Charger-class destroyers were all ordered by the British Admiralty on 12 October 1893 and on completion in early 1896 they served with the Royal Navy until 1911.
Charger, Dasher and Hasty were built by Yarrow Shipbuilders to their builders' design at a contract price of £108,600, or £36,200 each, They were armed with one twelve pounder quick-firing gun mounted forward and five 6-pounder guns, mounted on the broadside and aft. They initially carried three 18-inch torpedo tubes, one fixed bow tube and two torpedo tubes on a revolving mount, but the bow tube was found to throw up too much spray and was removed very early in their careers. They carried a complement of 2 officers and 48 ratings.
These three ship did not quite meet the speed requirement of 27 knots for which they were designed. In three-hour trials they averaged the following power (ihp) and speed:
|Name||Trials ihp||Trials speed
Their original locomotive boilers were very troublesome and in their first few years of service the three ships were out of commission most of the time, but these were replaced by new water-tube boilers (from Thornycroft) in 1899/1900 and the ships continued to provide good service - all serving in Home waters until 1911. They were then decommissioned and all three were sold in 1912 to be scrapped.
Vessels in class
|Charger||Yarrow Shipbuilders||991||November 1893||15 September 1894||January 1896||Sold 14 May 1912|
|Dasher||Yarrow Shipbuilders||992||December 1893||28 November 1894||March 1896||Sold 14 May 1912|
|Hasty||Yarrow Shipbuilders||993||December 1893||16 June 1894||May 1896||Sold 9 July 1912|
- Lyon, op.cit., pp.56.
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