H.M.S. Fairy (1897)

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H.M.S. Fairy (1897)
Pendant Number: P.40 (1914)
D.53 (Sep 1915)
D.35 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Fairfield[2]
Ordered: 1896-97 Programme[3]
Laid down: 19 Oct, 1896[4]
Launched: 29 May, 1897[5]
Commissioned: Aug, 1898[6]
Foundered: 5 Jul, 1920[7]

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

Service

In mid-1913, Fairy was with the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla.[8]

Early in the morning of 31 May, 1918, she engaged UC 75 off Flamborough Head after the submarine accidentally collided with a ship in a convoy Fairy was helping escort. She rammed the U-boat twice and scored hits with her after 6-pdr gun, forcing the enemy to surrender. Fairy suffered such damage from the second ramming attack that she foundered an hour afterward, Greyhound rescuing the destroyermen and the captive Germans. Lieutenant Barnish was awarded the D.S.O. for his role in the action.[9]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

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. 95.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 95.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 95.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 311.
  9. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 62-3.
  10. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  11. Asser Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/11. f.12.
  12. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 255.
  13. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Monday, 30 January, 1905. Issue 37617, col E, p. 8.
  14. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/341. f. 341.
  15. Campbell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/341. f. 341.
  16. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 313-15.
  17. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 316.
  18. Dorling Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 452.
  19. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  20. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 312.
  21. Fawcett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. ?.
  22. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 311.
  23. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394c.
  24. Twiss Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/150. f. 516.
  25. Twiss Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/52/150. f. 516.
  26. Birnie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 340/12.
  27. Birnie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 340/12.
  28. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 134.

Bibliography


"C" Class Destroyer
Star Whiting Bat Chamois Crane
Flying Fish Fawn Flirt Bullfinch Dove
Violet Sylvia Lee Avon Bittern
Otter Leopard Vixen Brazen Electra
Recruit Vulture Kestrel Cheerful Mermaid
Greyhound Racehorse Roebuck Gipsy Fairy
Osprey Leven Falcon Ostrich Thorn
Tiger Vigilant Albatross Viper Velox
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