H.M.S. Flirt (1897)

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H.M.S. Flirt (1897)
Pendant Number: P.87 (1914)
D.56 (Sep 1915)[1]
Builder: Palmer[2]
Ordered: 1896-97 Programme[3]
Laid down: 5 Sep, 1896[4]
Launched: 15 May, 1897[5]
Commissioned: Apr, 1899[6]
Sunk: 27 Oct, 1916[7]
Fate: at Battle of Dover Strait

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

Service

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

Lieutenant in Command Andrew Nevill Swainson was cautioned by Vice-Admiral, Dover to be more careful after Flirt collided with a Swedish steamer on 6 March, 1916. Swainson would be drowned in a boat accident while returning to his vessel on the night of 1 June, 1916.[9]

On the night of 26-27 October, 1916, Flirt was in the eastern English Channel, protecting a line of anti-submarine drifters when six raiding German destroyers arrived and started ravaging her charges, sinking six. Flirt lowered a boat and turned on her searchlight to help save lives, and was taken under fire by two destroyers and rapidly sunk.[10]

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. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 95.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 313-5.
  9. Swainson Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/52/94. f. 455.
  10. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 65-6.
  11. The Navy List. (February, 1900). p. 252.
  12. Hodges Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 471.
  13. Hodges Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 471.
  14. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  15. "Naval and Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, October 12, 1901. Issue 36584, col D, p. 10.
  16. Osburn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/460. f. 513.
  17. Barttelot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 238.
  18. Barttelot Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 238.
  19. Brocklebank Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/390. f. 431.
  20. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 256.
  21. Brocklebank Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/390. f. 431.
  22. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/207. f. 236.
  23. Kiddle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/207. f. 236.
  24. Brand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 118.
  25. Brand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 118.
  26. Skipwith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 255.
  27. Skipwith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 255.
  28. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 316.
  29. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 317.
  30. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 317.
  31. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 313-5.
  32. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 313-5.
  33. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  34. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  35. Braddyll Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/212. f. 280.
  36. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 394d.
  37. Braddyll Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/212. f. 280.
  38. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394e.
  39. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 245.
  40. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 394m.
  41. Naval Operations. Vol. IV. p. 56.
  42. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 280.

Bibliography


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