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HMS Express (1896)

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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. Design and construction The 1896–1897 shipbuilding programme of the British Admiralty included orders for 20 torpedo boat destroyers. Of these, 17 were "thirty-knotters", as ordered under the 1894–1895 and 1895–1896 programmes, which had a contract speed of . The remaining three destroyers, ordered from Laird (Express), J & G Thomson () and Thornycroft () were "specials", which were required to reach higher speeds. While Thomson's and Thornycroft's destroyers had contract speeds of , Laird's design was required to reach a speed of . Express was long overall, with a beam of and a draught of . Displacement was light and full load. Four coal-fired Normand boilers fed steam at to two trip
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