H.M.S. Sparrowhawk (1895)

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H.M.S. Sparrowhawk (1895)
Builder: Laird[1]
Ordered: 1894-95 Programme[2]
Laid down: 30 May, 1895[3]
Launched: 8 Oct, 1895[4]
Commissioned: Jun, 1897[5]
Wrecked: 17 Jun, 1904[6]

H.M.S. Sparrowhawk was one of twenty-four "B" class destroyers built for the Royal Navy — a "30 knotter".

She was wrecked in mid-1904.

There were two later destroyers named Sparrowhawk: one launched in 1912 and one launched in 1918.

Service

She was commissioned along with the Quail on 10 August 1897 for the West Indies Station.[7]

On 16 June 1904, Sparrowhawk was patrolling the mouth of the Yangtze with Whiting and Janus. She led the trio to an anchorage at the northern end of Raffles Island and struck an object at 3.08pm, initiating flooding in the forward stokehold, which was evacuated and sealed as she settled on the obstruction, stabilized by anchors. As the high tide approached, the fore guns were unshipped and moved aft and the contents of her forward magazines passed to her consorts. This allowed her to be floated free at 11pm. The battleship Glory arrived and came alongside, bringing pumps. Despite this, the water advanced and the destroyer was lost at 7am the next day, sinking by the head. No blame was attached to the loss, as the danger was found to be uncharted and no due caution was left unexercised.[8]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Perhaps Dean's command never came to pass, or Satgé's was delayed by a week.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  6. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 17.
  7. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Aug 04, 1897; pg. 8; Issue 35273.
  8. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 17.
  9. "The Diamond Jubilee" The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jun 16, 1897; pg. 8; Issue 35231.
  10. Dean Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/39. f. 41.
  11. Dean Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/39. f. 41.
  12. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 298.
  13. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 17.

Bibliography


"B" Class Destroyer
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Express Orwell Lively Sprightly Success
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