Talisman-class destroyer

The Talisman class were a quartet of destroyers ordered for the Ottoman Navy before the First World War, but were taken over in November 1914 and completed for the Royal Navy.

HMS Marksman, HMS Talisman and HMS Termagant moored at the Hawthorn Leslie shipyard, Hebburn, 5 November 1915.
Class overview
Name: Talisman class
Builders: Hawthorn Leslie and Company
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Thornycroft M class
Succeeded by: Medea class
In service: 1916–1921
Completed: 4
Lost: 1
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1,098 long tons (1,116 t)
Length: 309 ft (94 m) o/a
Beam: 28 ft 7 in (8.71 m)
Draught: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 3 shafts; 3 steam turbines
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Complement: 102


The Talismans were designed by Armstrong Whitworth for the Ottoman Navy, but were sub-contracted to Hawthorn Leslie and Company for building.[1] They displaced 1,098 long tons (1,116 t). The ships had an overall length of 309 feet (94.2 m), a beam of 28 feet 7 inches (8.7 m) and a draught of 9 feet 6 inches (2.9 m). They were powered by three Parsons direct-drive steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by three Yarrow boilers. The turbines developed a total of 25,000 shaft horsepower (19,000 kW) and gave a maximum speed of 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph). The ships carried a maximum of 237 long tons (241 t) of fuel oil. The ships' complement was 102 officers and ratings.[2] The hull form was considered particularly successful and was adopted for the V and W class of 1917, arguably the peak of destroyer development at the time.

The Talisman-class ships were heavily armed for their time, shipping five single QF 4-inch (102 mm) Mark IV guns. Two of the guns were side-by-side on the forecastle. The other guns were carried on the centreline; one between the first and second funnels, one after the searchlight platform and one on a bandstand on the quarterdeck. All the guns had half-shields.[2] The ships were designed to accommodate three above water twin mounts for 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes, but only two mounts were fitted in British service.[3]


Originally to have been renamed Napier, Narborough, Offa and Ogre respectively, they were re-allocated "T" names in February 1915.

NameShip builderLaid downLaunchedCompletedFate
TalismanHawthorn Leslie and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne7 December 191415 July 19151 January 1916Sold for breaking up 9 May 1921.
Termagant17 December 191426 August 191518 March 1916
Trident1 July 191520 November 191524 March 1916
Turbulent19155 January 1916May 1916Sunk by the German battleship Westfalen during Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916.


  1. Friedman, p. 143
  2. Gardiner & Gray, p. 78
  3. Friedman, p. 142


  • Dittmar, F.J. & Colledge, J.J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. Shepperton, UK: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0380-7.
  • Friedman, Norman (2009). British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War. Barnsley, UK: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84832-049-9.
  • Gardiner, Robert & Gray, Randal (1985). Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-245-5.
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