Dragonfly-class river gunboat

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HMS Locust (1939) IWM FL 001677.jpg
HMS Locust, one of the class
Class overview
Name: Dragonfly class
Builders: Vosper Thornycroft, Yarrow Shipbuilders, J S White
Operators: Royal Navy
Subclasses: HMS Scorpion
Planned: 6
Completed: 5
Cancelled: 1
Lost: 4
General characteristics [1]
Type: River gunboat
Displacement: 585 long tons (594 t)
Length: 197 ft (60 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draught: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Installed power: 3,800 shp (2,800 kW)
  • Geared steam turbines, 2 admiralty type boilers
  • Two shafts
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement: 74
  • 2 × 4 inches (100 mm) guns on single mountings
  • 1 × 3.7 inches (94 mm) howitzer
  • 8 × machine guns

The Dragonfly class was a class of river gunboats. Six were planned and five were built: of those five, four were lost in the Second World War. One of the four was HMS Scorpion, a slightly upgunned and better powered version. The class consisted of:


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cocker, Maurice (2006). Coastal Forces Vessels of the Royal Navy from 1865. Stroud: Tempus Publ. p. 101. ISBN 075243862X.