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Name: TARANTULA
Type: River Gunboat
Launched: 18/12/1915
Completed: 28/01/1916
Builder: Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd
Yard: Bill Quay
Yard Number: 202
Dimensions: 625disp, 237.5 x 36.0 x 4.0(draft)ft
Engines: Reciprocating VTE, 2000ihp
Engines by: Yarrow
Propulsion: 2 x Screw, 14.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 2 x 6ins, 1 x 3ins, 2 x 12pdr guns
History:
28/01/1916 British Royal Navy
01/05/1946 Sunk
Comments: An 'Insect Class' gunboat
Designed & engined by Yarrow, with propellers in tunnels, they were in effect small monitors, being well armed for their displacement.
Originally designed for operations on the Danube against the Austro-Hungarian river flotilla. However not required there when completed so served in other theaters.
1941: Converted to a depot ship at Trincomalee
01/05/1946: Sunk as a target off Ceylon (Sri Lanks)


Photo copyright of the Robert Peace collection

Photo as a depot ship at Trincomalee. Photo copyright Imperial War Museum

Above 3 photos of a model of TARANTULA, copyright National Maritime Museum