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HMS Express (1896)

For other ships of the same name, see HMS Express.

Laird plans for Express
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Express
Builder: Laird, Son & Co., Birkenhead
Laid down: 1 December 1896
Launched: 11 December 1897
Completed: February 1902
Fate: Scrapped, 1921
General characteristics
Type: Torpedo boat destroyer
Displacement: 465 long tons (472 t)
Length: 239.25 ft (72.9 m)
Beam: 23.5 ft (7.2 m)
Draught: 10.25 ft (3.1 m)
Propulsion: vertical triple-expansion steam engines
Coal-fired Normand boilers
9,250 hp (6,898 kW)
Speed: 31 knots (57 km/h; 36 mph)
Complement: 74
Armament: 1 × QF 12-pounder gun
2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

HMS Express was a B-class torpedo boat destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was completed by Laird, Son & Company, Birkenhead, in 1896. Like many contemporary British destroyers, she was a "builder's special", designed to Admiralty specifications but built to the builder's own design.


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