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Author:  Garlicdesign [ January 5th, 2017, 9:41 pm ]
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Hi again

HMS Swift was the first destroyer leader of the RN that was a destroyer herself; the RN previously (and, due to Swift's disappointing performance, afterwards as well, till a really satisfying leader design became available in shape of the Marksman-class (see above)) preferred light cruisers as flotilla leaders. Designed for a kind of performance that was beyond the technical possibilities of her day, Swift took more than three years to complete and run trials; numerous modifications had to be made, and yet she failed to attain her design speed and always remained a fuel hog. With four 102mm guns and two single 457mm torpedo tubes, she was exceptionally poorly armed for her size. Despite her roomy hull, she was not very comfortable, because her engines ate up enormous volume. On the plus side, her high freeboard made her a very good sea boat.

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During the war, an attempt was made to make better use of her size by arming her with a single 152mm gun forward; the two 102mm pieces mounted abreast in front of the bridge were landed. Her bridge was strengthened and enlargened, a second searchlight amidships was added and the remaining 102mm guns received partial gunshields. A line drawing of her 1916 state also shows something that looks like a 47mm (3pdr) gun on a HA mount aft, but I found no mention of AA guns in any published source I have access to. The 152mm gun was no success, and the original armament was again mounted in 1917. Structurally weak as she was, HMS Swift was quickly discarded after the war.

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Greetings
GD

Author:  Hood [ January 6th, 2017, 1:10 pm ]
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Very nice additions.
Not sure on the HA mount, I'll check my sources as it might be genuine.

Author:  eswube [ January 10th, 2017, 9:22 pm ]
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Great work!

Author:  Colosseum [ January 11th, 2017, 12:25 am ]
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Beautiful work, as usual.

Author:  Garlicdesign [ January 16th, 2021, 9:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Some British WW1 destroyers

Hi all!

A little necropost (but with drawings, so probably OK): British A-, B-, and C-class destroyers / Palmer 27- and 30-knotters

Early British destroyers were built to a broad Admiralty specifications, the particulars left to the builders. All had the same armament (1 - 76mm, 5 - 57mm and 2 - 457mm torpedo tubes), and none were able to sustain their design speed. There were twelve different yards involved, and all boats differed from each other (although some not much). These boats were designated A-Class (27-knotters), B-Class (four-funnel 30-knotters), C-Class (three-funnel 30-knotters) and D-Class (2-funnel 30-knotters) in 1912/3.

Palmer delivered three 27-knotters in 1895 (Janus, Lightning and Porcupine).
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Palmer then built thirteen 30-knotters in 1897 through 1901 (Star, Whiting, Bat, Crane, Chamois, Flying Fish, Fawn, Flirt, Peterel, Spiteful, Myrmidon, Syren and Kangaroo). Of the 30-knotters, the first eight were three-funnel C-class vessels with the exhausts of the center boilers trunked together.
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The newer ones had one funnel for each of their four boilers.
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To replace accident losses, two additional destroyers were purchased from Palmers in 1909, named Albacore and Bonetta. Both were turbine-powered, but only good for 26,5 knots (although sustained; the lower figure likely resulted from a more realistic trials regime). They were beamier and heavier and had more freeboard forward.
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Greetings
GD

Author:  Hood [ January 17th, 2021, 11:03 am ]
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These are fantastic, so no worries about necroing an old thread.
Lovely work.

Author:  darthpanda [ January 17th, 2021, 11:32 am ]
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Great work!!!!

Author:  Gollevainen [ January 17th, 2021, 7:33 pm ]
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WOOT!! Great to have these in to the bucket

Author:  Charguizard [ January 18th, 2021, 12:52 pm ]
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Absolutely beautiful, glad to see more pretty tin cans

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