HMS Lightning (1876)
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HMS Lightning was a torpedo boat, built by John Thornycroft at Church Wharf in Chiswick for the Royal Navy, which entered service in 1876 and was the first seagoing vessel to be armed with self-propelled Whitehead torpedoes. She was later renamed Torpedo Boat No. 1.
HMS Lightning - illustration from Scientific American.
|Builder:||John I. Thornycroft & Company|
|Renamed:||Torpedo Boat No. 1|
|Class and type:||Torpedo boat|
|Displacement:||32.5 long tons (33.0 t)|
|Length:||87 ft 6 in (26.67 m)|
|Beam:||10 ft 9 in (3.28 m)|
|Draught:||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two-cylinder compound steam engine, 460 hp (340 kW)|
|Speed:||18.5 kn (34.3 km/h)|
As originally built, Lightning had two drop collars to launch torpedoes; these were replaced in 1879 by a single torpedo tube in the bow. She also carried two reload torpedoes amidships.