H.M.S. Pigeon (1916)

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H.M.S. Pigeon (1916)
Pendant Number: G.59 (Sep 1915)
F.21 (Jan 1917)
F.18 (Jan 1918)
H.67 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie[2]
Launched: 3 Mar, 1916[3]
Completed: 2 Jun, 1916[4]
Sold:

H.M.S. Pigeon was one of one hundred and three destroyers of the "M" class built for the Royal Navy during the Great War.

Service

Pigeon joined the Thirteenth Destroyer Flotilla immediately after the Battle of Jutland, in June 1916.[5]

She operated with 13 D.F. until November 1917 when she was one of eight "M"s evicted from the flotilla.[6] One month later, she took up service in the Second Destroyer Flotilla, part of the Northern Division of the Coast of Ireland Station.[7]

On 5 February 1918, Pigeon, Mosquito and Grasshopper were escorting a convoy when the Anchor Line/Cunard troopship SS Tuscania was torpedoed and sunk in the North Channel, off Islay by UB 77 as the convoy approached Liverpool. Pigeon assisted in the rescue of American troops, saving more than 800 men.[8]

Pigeon was reduced to C. & M. Party at the Nore on 20 October, 1919.[9]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 67.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. pp. 79-80.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 80.
  4. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 309.
  5. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (June, 1916). p. 12.
  6. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 12.
  7. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1917). p. 17.
  8. Email from Marilyn Gahm, Spooner, Wisconsin USA to Tone, 20170205.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 830.
  10. Wright Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/170. ff. ?, 177.
  11. Wright Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/170. ff. ?, 177.
  12. Kennedy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/97. f. 52.
  13. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396n.
  14. Kennedy Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/97. f. 52.
  15. Eddis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/98. f. ?.
  16. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 396m.
  17. Eddis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/98. f. ?.
  18. The Navy List. (June, 1919). p. 868.

Bibliography


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Manners Mandate Magic Moresby Marmion
Martial Mary Rose Menace Mameluke Marvel
Mischief Mindful Nonsuch Negro Nessus
Noble Nizam Nomad Nonpareil Norman
Northesk North Star Nugent Obedient Obdurate
Onslaught Onslow Opal Ophelia Opportune
Oracle Orestes Orford Orpheus Octavia
Ossory Nestor Napier Narborough Narwhal
Nicator Norseman Oberon Observer Offa
Orcadia Oriana Oriole Osiris Paladin
Parthian Partridge Pasley Plucky Portia
Pheasant Phoebe Pigeon Plover Penn
Peregrine Pelican Pellew Petard Peyton
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Miranda Minos Manly Moon Morning Star
Mounsey Musketeer Nerissa Relentless Rival
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