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HMS Orwell (1898)

Summary
HMS Orwell was a B-class torpedo boat destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was built by Laird, Son & Company, and served from 1900 until 1920. Construction and design As part of the 1897–1898 construction programme for the Royal Navy, the British Admiralty placed an order with Laird, Son & Company of Birkenhead for a single "thirty-knotter" destroyer. Laird's design was based on the of six destroyers ordered under the 1895–1896 programme, which were in turn closely based on Laird's ordered under the 1894–1895 programme. Orwell had an overall length of , with a beam of and a draught of . The ship was powered by two triple expansion steam engines, fed by four Normand boilers, rated at and was fitted with four funnels, giving a speed of 30 knots. Displacement was light and full load. Armament was as normal for the "thirty-knotters", with a QF 12 pounder 12 cwt ( calibre) gun on a platform on the ship's conning tower (in practice the platf
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