HMS Virago (1895)

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HMS Virago firing in honour of the King (HS85-10-11979).jpg
HMS Virago firing in honour of the King, 1901
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Virago
Builder: Laird Brothers, Birkenhead
Laid down: 13 June 1895
Launched: 19 November 1895
Completed: June 1897
Fate: Sold for disposal, 10 October 1919
General characteristics
Class and type: Quail-class destroyer
Displacement: 395 long tons (401 t)
Length: 215 ft (66 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 63
Armament:

HMS Virago was a B-class torpedo boat destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was completed by Laird Brothers, Birkenhead, in 1897. One of four Quail-class destroyers she served during the Great War and was sold off after hostilities ended.[1]

Construction and design[edit]

HMS Virago was laid down as Yard number 609 at Laird's shipyard at Birkenhead on 13 June 1895, the fourth "Thirty-Knotter" destroyer ordered from Lairds for the Royal Navy as part of the 1894–95 shipbuilding programme.[2] The ship was launched on 19 November 1895,[2] undergoing sea trials on 27 November 1896, where she reached a speed of 30.365 knots (34.943 mph; 56.236 km/h) over the measured mile and an average speed of 30.049 knots (34.580 mph; 55.651 km/h) over a three-hour run.[3] Virago was completed in June 1897.[2]

Armament was a QF 12 pounder 12 cwt (3 in (76 mm) calibre), with a secondary armament of five 6-pounder guns, and two 18-inch (450 mm) torpedo tubes.[4][5] As with other early Royal Navy destroyers, the detailed design was left to the builder, with the Admiralty laying down only broad requirements.[6][7]

Laird's four ships were each powered by two four-cylinder triple expansion steam engines, fed by four Normand boilers, rated at 6,300 ihp (4,700 kW), and were fitted with four funnels. They had an overall length of 218 feet (66.45 m), a beam of 21 feet 6 inches (6.55 m) and a draught of 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m). Displacement was 355 long tons (361 t) light and 415 long tons (422 t) full load,[8][9] while crew was 63.[10]

Service history[edit]

Virago was posted at the Pacific Station, later China Station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HMS Virago". pbenyon.plus.com. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Lyon 2001, p. 6
  3. ^ "Eight Torpedo Boat Destroyers, Built by Laird Brothers, Birkenhead. — Trials between 30th September and the 18th December 1896" (PDF). The Engineer. Vol. 83. 1 January 1897. p. 16..
  4. ^ Friedman 2009, pp. 46–47
  5. ^ Lyon 2001, pp. 21–22
  6. ^ Chesneau & Kolesnik 1979, p. 87
  7. ^ Manning 1961, p. 39
  8. ^ Lyon 2001, pp. 61–62
  9. ^ Chesneau & Kolesnik 1979, p. 94
  10. ^ Manning 1961, p. 40
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  • Lyon, David (2001). The First Destroyers. London: Caxton Editions. ISBN 1-84067-3648.
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