Bulgarian torpedo boat Drazki

Bulgarian Torpedo Boat Drazki

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Bulgarian torpedo boat Drazki

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Drazki (Bulgarian language: Дръзки; also transliterated as Druzki, translated in English as "Intrepid") was a Bulgarian Navy torpedo boat from the beginning of the 20th century still extant today as a museum ship.

History

Construction

Drazki was one of a series of six torpedo boats built for Bulgaria by the French Schneider et Cie works in Chalon-sur-Saône. The other five ships were: Smeli (Смели, translated in English as "Brave"), Hrabri (Храбри, translated in English as "Valiant"), Shumni (Шумни, translated in English as "Noisy"), Letyashti (Летящи, translated in English as "Flying") and Strogi (Строги, translated in English as "Stern"). The ships were built in France and transported in parts to Bulgaria, where they were launched and completed at Varna. Drazki, Smeli and Hrabri were ordered in 1904 and sent to Bulgaria in April 1905. Drazki was launched on 23 August 1907, and commissioned on 5 January 1908. Her two sisters entered service around the same time. The three boats of the second series were ordered in January 1906, launched in August 1908 and commissioned in August 1909.

Balkan Wars

The Bulgarian Navy's torpedo boats took part in the First Balkan War between 1912 and 1913, serving in the waters of the Black Sea. On 20 November 1912 Letyashti, Smeli, Strogi and Drazki were sent from Varna to intercept a group of Turkish transports. The overall commander was...
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