H.M.S. Havock (1893)

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H.M.S. Havock (1893)
Builder: Yarrow[1]
Ordered: 1892[2]
Laid down: Jul, 1892[3]
Launched: 12 Aug, 1893[4]
Commissioned: Jan, 1894[5]
Broken up: 1912[6]

H.M.S. Havock was one of forty-two "A" class destroyers built for the Royal Navy — a "26 knotter".

She was broken up before the war.

Construction

Havock was ordered with locomotive boilers so she could be completed ahead of the other five 26-knotters.[7] She had fourteen auxilary motors for steering, pumping, air compression, ventilation fans, and electrical generation for lighting.[8]

Armament

She was equipped as follows.[9]

Guns

  • one 12-pdr on conning tower
  • two 6-pdrs, one on each broadside
  • one 6-pdr on centreline, aft

Torpedoes

  • one fixed 18-in tube forward
  • two swivelling 18-in tubes

Service

Her official trials were conducted on Saturday 28 October, 1893 and she averaged 26.78 knots over three hours running at 362 RPM, bearing a load of 35 tons in "very boisterous" conditions under 3,400 HP of her indicated maximum 3,500.[10] A later trial of eight hours continual economical steaming at ten knots showed her burning 392 pounds of coal per hour with 60 tons of coal embarked. Moving this to 11 knots increased consumption to something under a quarter ton, prompting an estimated endurance of 3,500 nautical miles without re-coaling. Tests at high speed and turning showed her to be superior to previous torpedo boats.[11]

Further trials were conducted in May, 1894. In the first phase, she underwent progressive, comparative trials with the torpedo gunboat Speedy and in the second, she simulated a 120 mile sortie to take up station off an enemy port to test the endurance of crew, fuel and stores while maintaining presence. It was found that she had the speed and manoeuvrability of a T.B., but with greater destructive power and that her readiness to chase down a T.B. would be assured if she were able to choose her own leisurely speed at other times. That is, she should not cruise with a fleet. She was found to be more habitable than T.Bs. in moderate weather, but only a shade more so in heavy weather. Her top speed was best chosen as 23 or 24 knots, with 12 being economical. She possessed a three hour sprint endurance, which was deemed sufficient to chase down a torpedo boat and bring her to bay, and that her best tactics for engagement were to close to 600 yards, stop for one minute to fire, and then resume the process.[12]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 90.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 90.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 90.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 90.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 90.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 90.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 90.
  8. "The New Torpedo-Boat Destroyer Havock." The Times (London, England), Monday, Dec 04, 1893; pg. 10; Issue 34125.
  9. "The New Torpedo-Boat Destroyer Havock." The Times (London, England), Monday, Dec 04, 1893; pg. 10; Issue 34125.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Oct 30, 1893; pg. 7; Issue 34095.
  11. "The New Torpedo-Boat Destroyer Havock." The Times (London, England), Monday, Dec 04, 1893; pg. 10; Issue 34125.
  12. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1894. pp. ix, x..
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1894). p. 223.
  14. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, 23 December, 1893. Issue 34142, col A, p. 7.
  15. Torlesse Service Record. The National Archives. D7579004 ADM 196/39/547. f. 1312.
  16. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 41.
  17. Farquhar Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/20. f. 41.
  18. Tufnell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1335.
  19. Tufnell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39. f. 1335.
  20. "Naval & Military Intelligence". The Times. Friday, 10 January, 1896. Issue 34783, col D, p. 8.
  21. Lafone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42/156. f. 183.
  22. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 266.
  23. Blunt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 109.
  24. Blunt Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 109.
  25. "The Naval Review at Spithead". The Times. Wednesday, 9 June, 1897. Issue 35225, col D, p. 10.
  26. West Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/249. f. 384.
  27. West Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/249. f. 384.
  28. "APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 16, 1903; pg. 8; Issue 37134.
  29. The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 324.
  30. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  31. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 324.
  32. Stone Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/141. f. 145.
  33. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Saturday, February 8, 1908. Issue 38564, col B, p. 7.
  34. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 324.
  35. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 19 January, 1909. Issue 38860, col B, p. 7.
  36. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 324.
  37. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 324.
  38. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 324.
  39. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Wednesday, 3 August, 1910. Issue 39341, col C, p. 7.
  40. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  41. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 323.
  42. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.

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