HMS Daring (1893)

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HMS Daring
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Daring
Builder: John I. Thornycroft & Company
Laid down: July 1892
Launched: 25 November 1893
Commissioned: February 1895
Decommissioned: 1912
Motto: Splendide audax
("Finely Daring")
Honours and
Fate: Sold and broken up
General characteristics
Displacement: 260 tonnes
Length: 200 ft (61 m)
Beam: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Draught: 7 ft (2.1 m)
Propulsion: 3 Thorneycroft Water Tube Boilers, Reciprocating Steam Engines
Speed: 28 knots
Complement: 46 - 53

Guns and torpedoes

  • 1 12-pounder gun
  • 2 torpedo tubes
  • 1 bow torpedo tube (later removed)
  • 18" Whitehead Torpedoes

HMS Daring and HMS Decoy together made up the Daring-class of Torpedo Boat Destroyers which served with the Royal Navy during the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. They differed from the Ardent Class only in the provision of a bow mounted torpedo tube, which was later removed. On trial she made headlines as the 'Fastest Boat Ever'[1] by achieving a speed of 28.21 knots. The introduction of steam turbines after 1897 quickly made her and her sisters obsolete and she was sold off in 1912.


  • Lyon, David (1996). The First Destroyers. ISBN 1-84067-364-8. 
  • The British Destroyer by Captain T.D. Manning. Putnam and Co. 1961. ASIN: B0000CL0TU

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