H.M.S. Bittern (1897)

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H.M.S. Bittern (1897)
Pendant Number: D.03 (1914)
D.5A (Sep 1915)
D.10 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Vickers[2]
Ordered: 1895-96 Programme[3]
Laid down: 18 Feb, 1896[4]
Launched: 1 Feb, 1897[5]
Commissioned: Apr, 1897[6]
Collision: 3 Apr, 1918[7]
Fate: w/ Kenilworth[8]

H.M.S. Bittern was one of forty "C" class destroyers built for the Royal Navy — a "30 knotter".

Service

While undergoing a three-hour speed test over a measured mile on 5 January 1899, Bittern suddenly swerved toward a sand bank without apparent reason, prompting Lieutenant and Commander Blunt to order "full speed astern". The destroyer touched ground and its hull was stressed to such an extent that minor leaking occurred, but greater calamity was averted.[9]

She was rammed by a steamer in dense fog at 3.15 a.m. on 3 April, 1918. There were no survivors.[10]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

The Navy List for April, 1910 says that William Bowen Mackenzie was placed in command on 10 January, 1910 but his service record indicates he was given Brazen.[43]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  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. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  7. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 63.
  8. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 63.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jan 07, 1899; pg. 10; Issue 35720.
  10. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 63.
  11. The Navy List. (March, 1901). p. 281.
  12. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 253.
  13. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 253.
  14. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 231.
  15. Carey Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/201. f. 216.
  16. "Appointments for the Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 09, 1904; pg. 12; Issue 37442.
  17. Petre Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/434. f. 485.
  18. Petre Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/434. f. 485.
  19. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 284.
  20. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  21. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 284.
  22. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 284.
  23. Mackinnon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/228. f. 232.
  24. Mackinnon Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/228. f. 232.
  25. Rawlings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/96. f. 500.
  26. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 17 June, 1909. Issue 38988, col B, p. 9.
  27. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 284.
  28. Taylor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 438.
  29. Taylor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 438.
  30. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Dec 06, 1910; pg. 4; Issue 39448.
  31. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 284.
  32. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 284.
  33. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  34. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 284.
  35. Wodehouse Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/110. f. 56.
  36. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 282.
  37. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  38. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 210.
  39. Irving Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 240/55/135. f. 135.
  40. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 391t.
  41. Irving Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 240/55/135. f. 135.
  42. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 482.
  43. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 287.

Bibliography


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