TB 191

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TB 191
Name: TB 191
Builder: John I. Thornycroft & Company, Chiswick
General characteristics
Type: Second-class torpedo boat
Tonnage: 12.5 t (12.3 long tons; 13.8 short tons)
Length: 67 ft (20 m)
Draught: 3.25 ft (0.99 m)
Speed: 17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph)

TB 191 was a second-class torpedo boat constructed for the Colony of Tasmania and later operated by the Commonwealth Naval Forces and the Royal Australian Navy. She was sold in 1911.[1]

Design and construction[edit]

TB 191 was ordered by the Australian colonial government of Tasmania in 1882 to protect the colony from possible Russian or French attack, and was built by John I. Thornycroft & Company.[2] The torpedo boat was 67 feet (20 m) long, with a draught of 3.25 feet (0.99 m), and a displacement of 12.5 tons, similar to the other torpedo boats ordered by the other Australian colonies.

Operational history[edit]

Built at a cost of ₤4,011,[3] TB 191 arrived in Tasmania onboard SS Abington on 1 May 1884. Operated by the Tasmanian Torpedo Corps,[4] she appears to not have been used much in service of the Tasmanian colony. She was sold in 1905 to the Colony of South Australia, being towed to Adelaide by HMCS Protector,[3] before becoming part of the Commonwealth Naval Forces.


She was sold in 1911.


  1. ^ Odgers, p.14.
  2. ^ Gillett, p.45.
  3. ^ a b "The Torpedo Boat". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 26 April 1905. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  4. ^ McIntyre, Paul; Chris Wisby (9 May 2009). "When's a submarine not a submarine?". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 


  • Gillett, Ross (1986). Australia's navy : past, present & future. Brookvale, NSW: Child & Henry. ISBN 0-86777-178-X. 
  • Odgers, George (1982). The Royal Australian Navy : an illustrated history. Brookvale, NSW: Child & Henry. ISBN 0-86777-240-9.