H.M.S. Opossum (1895)

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H.M.S. Opossum (1895)
Pendant Number: D.12 (1914)
D.99 (Sep 1915), D. 62 (1918)[1]
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie & Company[2]
Ordered: 1893-94[3]
Laid down: 17 Sep, 1894[4]
Launched: 9 Aug, 1895[5]
Commissioned: Mar, 1896[6]
Broken up: 1920[7]

H.M.S. Opossum was one of forty-two "A" class destroyers built for the Royal Navy — a "27 knotter".

Service

Opossum arrived at Plymouth from Carrickfergus on 4 August, 1904. She was to depart after several days to participate in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1904.[8]

She collided with Teazer while under the command of George Piercy Leith in August, 1904, either after or during the manoeuvres.[9]

Opossum was one of seventeen destroyers of the Reserve Division which left Sheerness on 1 July, 1905 for Spithead under the overall command of Commander R. G. Gregory in H.M.S. Spitfire.[10]

She and sixteen other destroyers of the Reserve Division arrived at Sheerness on 13 July 1905 and proceeded to Chatham.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 56.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 93.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 92.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 93.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 56.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 93.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 93.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Aug 05, 1904; pg. 6; Issue 37465.
  9. Leith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/437. f. 439.
  10. "Naval And Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Jul 03, 1905; pg. 12; Issue 37749.
  11. "Naval And Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jul 14, 1905; pg. 10; Issue 37759.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Mar 13, 1896; pg. 7; Issue 34837.
  13. Ruck-Keene Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 451.
  14. Ruck-Keene Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/42. f. 451.
  15. Keyes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 277.
  16. Keyes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 277.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1898). p. 275.
  18. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  19. Woollcombe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 267.
  20. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/142. f. 152.
  21. Corbett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/142. f. 152.
  22. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 286.
  23. The Navy List. (May, 1902). p. 286.
  24. Crichton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/46. f. 54.
  25. Crichton Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/46. f. 54.
  26. "APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 16, 1903; pg. 8; Issue 37134.
  27. Leith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/437. f. 439.
  28. Leith Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/437. f. 439.
  29. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 350.
  30. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 351.
  31. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 351.
  32. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 350.
  33. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Mar 23, 1911; pg. 14; Issue 39540.
  34. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 350.
  35. Simpson Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 151.
  36. Simpson Service Records. The National Archives. ADM 196/49. f. 151.
  37. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 351.
  38. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 351.
  39. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 396h.
  40. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396gg.
  41. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 855.

Bibliography


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