Sunfish-class destroyer

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HMS Ranger
HMS Ranger
Class overview
Name: Sunfish class
Builders: Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Handy class
Succeeded by: Rocket class
Built: 1894–1896
In commission: 1896–1920
Completed: 3
Scrapped: 3
General characteristics
Type: Torpedo boat destroyer
Propulsion: Yarrow boilers, 4,000 hp (2,983 kW)
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Complement: 53

The Sunfish-class destroyers, also referred to as Opossum-class destroyers,[1] was a group of three torpedo boat destroyers which served with the Royal Navy from the 1890s to the 1920s. They were all built by the Hebburn-on-Tyne shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie.


Powered by 8 Yarrow boilers,[2] this was the same 8 boiler configuration originally used on HMS Hornet.[3] The ships produced 4,000 hp (3,000 kW) and could make 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph). They were armed with one twelve pounder gun and two torpedo tubes and carried a complement of 53 officers and men.


Ordered under the 1893-94 Programme, the contract was placed on 7 February 1894. All three "turtle-back" destroyers were laid down in 1894, launched in 1895 and completed in 1896.

In 1912 all three, like the other surviving 27-knotter destroyers, were re-classed as A-class destroyers. They served in Home waters throughout the First World War, and all three were sold for breaking up in 1920.

Ships in class[edit]



  1. ^ "Opossum Class British Destroyers". Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Lyon, The First Destroyers, p. 92
  3. ^ Lyon, The First Destroyers, p. 54


  • Lyon, David (2001) [1996]. The First Destroyers. Shipshape monographs. London: Caxton Editions. ISBN 1-84067-364-8. 
  • Manning, Captain T.D. The British Destroyer. Godfrey Cave Associates. ISBN 0-906223-13-X. 

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