Glossary Term Torpedo Boat Catcher

Alternative Names
  • Torpedo gun boat


The existence of large torpedo boat flotillas called for the construction of vessels capable of countering their activities. But, it was not until 1886 that the British Admiralty designed the first torpedo gunboats or torpedo boat catchers. With displacements of 550 to 1050 tons and lengths of 200 to 250 feet these vessels were able to accompany a fleet at sea. However, they were no match for contemporary torpedo boats in terms of handiness and manoeuvring power.

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Published resources

Journal Articles

  • 'A torpedo catcher', Engineering, vol. 40, 27 November 1885, p. 512. Details
  • 'Torpedo boat catchers and destroyers', The Engineer, vol. 60, 27 November 1885, pp. 419-420. Details
  • 'Torpedo boat catchers', The Engineer, vol. 63, 21 January 1887, p. 53. Details
  • 'A German torpedo catcher', The Engineer, vol. 65, 1 June 1888, p. 452. Details
  • 'Italian torpedo catchers', The Engineer, vol. 69, 16 May 1890, p. 400. Details
  • 'Boilers for torpedo catchers', The Engineer, Editorial, vol. 77, 16 March 1894, pp. 225-226. Details

Prepared by: Rebecca Rigby