HMS Taku

HMS Taku

Two vessels of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Taku after the Taku forts in China.

  • The first Taku was a captured destroyer. Originally built by Schichau at Elbing for the Chinese Navy in 1898, she displaced 305 tons, had a speed of , and was armed with six 3-pounder guns and two 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 Taku, German Taku, Russian Taku). She displaced 305 tons, was 194 feet long and her 6,000 HP produced 32 knots courtesy of her Schichau boilers. The Taku was armed with six three pounders and two torpedo tubes and carried a full complement of 58 officers and men. The British Taku was sold in Hong Kong in 1916.
  • The second Taku (N38) was a T-class submarine built by Cammell Laird and launched in 1939. She served in Second World War and was sold in 1946.

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