HC Deb 07 February 1902 vol 102 cc666-7

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, whether he can state the number of torpedo boats of 16knots and up to 25 knots at present laid up in Sheerness, Chatham, Portsmouth, and Devonport respectively; and if these vessels are ever put under steam trials.


The number of boats of the description referred to laid up in the different divisions of the reserve are—

Sheerness none
Chatham 9
Portsmouth 13
Devonport 11
These vessels are put under steam trials in the "A" division of the Fleet Reserve, and are tried under steam in the basin or alongside for four hours over six months at the maximum boiler pressure.