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Botch B23 Jul 2022 3:26 a.m. PST

I am looking for deck plans of c1900 RN pinnace and a Chinese destroyer as captured by the RN at the Taku Forts, China 1900.

Rear-Admiral Bruce retained one Chinese destroyer, which was re-named the Taku. The other three were handed over to the German, French, and Russian Admirals respectively. The name ‘Lieutenant Burakova' was given to the ship incorporated into the Russian fleet.

Any help you can give gratefully received

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2022 11:00 a.m. PST

The Chinese destroyers captured at the Taku Forts were German built in 1898, so probably looked a lot like German destroyers of the era.
One of the German ships lost in the 1914 siege of Tsingtao was the destroyer, SMS Taku. Since normal German procedure at that time was to give their destroyers a letter and number (for example, T98 or T121), it strikes me that this might be the destroyer turned over to the German navy. Unfortunately, I can't find out anything more about it. Perhaps if you can access a period copy of Jane's or Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships, 1860-1905, they would be of some help.
The SMS Taku seems to have run aground in 1913: link


Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2022 11:24 a.m. PST

Here's a link to a plan of HMS Taku: link


Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2022 11:31 a.m. PST

And, here's what Wikipedia has to say about HMS Taku:
HMS Taku (1900) was a captured destroyer. Originally built by Schichau at Elbing for the Chinese Navy in 1898, she displaced 305 tons, had a speed of 32 knots (59 km/h), and was armed with six 3-pounder guns and two 14 in (356 mm) torpedo tubes and had 58 crew. She was one of four captured from the Chinese during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900. The four ships were shared between the navies of the UK, France, Imperial Germany and Imperial Russia and until the Russian one was renamed Lieutenant Burakov each was named Taku (see French Takou, German Taku, Russian Taku). She displaced 305 tons, was 194 feet long and her 6,000 hp (4,474 kW) produced 32 knots courtesy of her Schichau boilers. The British Taku was sold in Hong Kong in 1916.


HMS Exeter25 Jul 2022 8:37 a.m. PST

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