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Talisman-class destroyer
Class overview
Name: Talisman class
Builders: Hawthorn Leslie and Company
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Thornycroft M class
Succeeded by: Medea class
In service: 1916-1921
Completed: 4
Lost: 1
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1,098 long tons (1,116 t)
Length: 309 ft (94.2 m)
Beam: 28 ft 6 in (8.7 m)
Draught: 9 ft 6 in (2.9 m)
Propulsion: Yarrow-type water-tube boilers
Parsons steam turbines
3 shafts
25,000 shp
Speed: 32 knots (36.8 mph; 59.3 km/h)
Range: 238 tons oil
Complement: 102

The Talisman class were a class of destroyers that were being built for the Turkish Navy at the outbreak of World War I but were taken over in November 1914 and completed for the Royal Navy for wartime service. Originally to have been renamed Napier, Narborough, Offa and Ogre respectively, they were re-allocated "T" names in February 1915.

The Talismans were a private design by Hawthorn Leslie and Company that were longer than but drew less than their Royal Navy contemporaries. Being large, they frequently acted as flotilla leaders. They were heavily armed for their time, shipping five single QF 4 inch (10 cm) guns. An unusual departure from Royal Navy practice in the Talismans, shared only with the ex-Chilean Faulknors and the singleton Swift, was the shipping of two guns side by side on the forecastle. The other guns were carried one between the first and second funnels, one after the searchlight platform and one on a bandstand on the quarterdeck. All the guns had half-shields. The hull form was considered particularly successful and was adopted for the V and W class of 1917, arguably the peak of destroyer development at the time.


Name Ship Builder Laid down Launched Completed Fate
Talisman Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne 7 December 1914 15 July 1915 1 January 1916 Sold for breaking up 9 May 1921.
Termagant Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne 17 December 1914 26 August 1915 18 March 1916 Sold for breaking up 9 May 1921.
Trident Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne 1 July 1915 20 November 1915 24 March 1916 Sold for breaking up 9 May 1921.
Turbulent Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne 1915 5 January 1916 May 1916 Sunk by the German battleship Westfalen during Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916.[1]


  1. Massie, p. 646


  • Massie, Robert K (2003). Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea. Random House. ISBN 0-345-40878-0. 


  • Destroyers of the Royal Navy, 1893-1981, Maurice Cocker, 1983, Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-1075-7
  • Jane's Fighting Ships, 1919, Jane's Publishing

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