H.M.S. Jason (1892)

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H.M.S. Jason (1892)
Builder: Naval Construction & Armament Co.[1]
Ordered: Naval Defence Act
Laid down: 7 Sep, 1891[2]
Launched: 14 May, 1892[3]
Completed: 11 Jul, 1893[4]
Mined: 7 Apr, 1917[5]
H.M.S. Jason was one of eleven torpedo gunboats of the Alarm class completed for the Royal Navy in the early 1890s.

Service

Jason, the first of the contract-built gunboats under the Naval Defence Act was inspected at Sheerness in early July 1893 and placed immediately into the "A" Division of the Medway Fleet Reserve to await orders for the mobilization.[6]

She was very soon placed into her first service, as a participant in the annual manoeuvres of 1893.

In late February 1894 instructions were sent to Chatham Dockyard to ready Jason for service to relieve Banterer on particular service.[7]

Her trials at the head of the Thames began on 11 April, 1894 under the supervision of Fleet Engineer Charles Francis Hulford of the Medway Dockyard Reserve. A three hour run at natural draught produced 15.8 knots, which was considered low for the indicated 2,605.6 horsepower at 215 RPM and 139 pounds steam pressure. She was to proceed to Bantry take up service on the West Coast of Ireland.[8]

A defect was discovered in one of her boilers soon after she arrived at Queenstown, requiring her return to Devonport on 14 June. The time needed to make good the repairs would mean that she would likely miss taking part in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1894. When her sisters were called up on 18 July,[9] her repairs were only being scheduled for possible completion that very day.[10] It is not yet clear whether she was able to take part.

In July, 1903, she completed the installation of new engines delivering 5,700 I.H.P. fed by improved Thronycroft water-tube boilers. Full-speed trials showed her new machinery delivered 21.95 knots – about 3 knots faster than her original 3,500 I.H.P. machinery.[11]

From June, 1913 to February, 1914, Lionel George Preston commanded Jason and also her formation, the Minesweeping Flotilla, which was then just a collection of gunboats. Jason paid off at Sheerness on 2 February for a refit.[12]

The formation was attached to the Grand Fleet and would grow once war began. In June/July 1916 it would be split into three numbered "Fleet Sweeping Flotillas". Jason would be assigned to the Second Fleet Sweeping Flotilla, which had nine other T.G.Bs. and sweeping sloops. Jason operated with the Second F.S.F. until she was mined and lost off West Scotland on 7 April, 1917 at the cost of twenty-five lives.[13]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 89.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 89.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 89.
  4. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 306.
  5. Lyon; Winfield. The Steam & Sail List. p. 306.
  6. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jul 04, 1893; pg. 11; Issue 33994.
  7. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Feb 28, 1894; pg. 6; Issue 34199.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 12, 1894; pg. 10; Issue 34236.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 05, 1894; pg. 10; Issue 34308.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jun 15, 1894; pg. 11; Issue 34291.
  11. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Jul 15, 1903; pg. 7; Issue 37133.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jan 27, 1914; pg. 10; Issue 40431.
  13. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. pp. 339, 340.
  14. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Monday, 10 July, 1893. Issue 33999, col D, p. 10.
  15. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Feb 28, 1894; pg. 6; Issue 34199.
  16. The Navy List. (April, 1897). p. 235.
  17. The Navy List. (March, 1901). p. 271.
  18. Bruce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/88. f. 107.
  19. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 272.
  20. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 334.
  21. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 334.
  22. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 334.
  23. Lowis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/93. f. 103.
  24. Lowis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/93. f. 103.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 334.
  26. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 334.
  27. Cole Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/461. f. 533.
  28. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 334.
  29. Cole Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/461. f. 533.
  30. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 334.
  31. Coates Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/424. f. 485.
  32. The Navy List. (July, 1911). p. 334.
  33. Coates Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/424. f. 485.
  34. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 334.
  35. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435. f. 486.
  36. Brown Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/435
  37. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 334.
  38. Preston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/79
  39. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/456. f. 526.
  40. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 333.
  41. Denison Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/456. f. 526.
  42. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  43. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 395e.
  44. Darwall Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/97. f. 97.
  45. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 395n.
  46. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 84.

Bibliography


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