H.M.S. Sable (1916)

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H.M.S. Sable (1916)
Pendant Number: G.91 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: J. S. White[2]
Ordered: Jul 1915 (6th Order)[3][4]
Launched: 28 Jun, 1916[5]
Completed: 30 Nov, 1916[6]
Sold: Aug, 1927[7]

H.M.S. Sable was one of sixty-two "R" class destroyers completed for the Royal Navy in 1916-17.

Service

Sable joined the Grand Fleet's Fifteenth Destroyer Flotilla in December, 1916.[8]

She was rammed in the Captain's cabin by squadron mate Salmon in 1917 when the destroyers were proceeding in fog at 20 knots, despite each ship throwing its helm over and backing one engine hard to assist. Woodward, in command of Sable shouted to Dawson to "keep your stem in the hole," but the ships separated. Dawson deemed it fortunate that his ship struck just aft of Sable's main engine room, whose large volume may have meant her loss. The two returned to Rosyth, Sable with her quarter deck nearly awash, to be docked in the same dock. Their undocking was delayed by a day or two by damage Salmon sustained when a horse and cart fell into the dock, apparently through an error by the carter. The horse was killed by the accident.[9]

Sable was re-commissioned with reduced Complement on 17 October, 1919.[10]

She was reduced to Reserve Complement at Portsmouth on 12 March, 1920[11] and completed to reduced complement there on 1 September.[12]

Completed to Special Complement at Portsmouth on 25 January, 1921.[13]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 70.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 81.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 81.
  4. March. British Destroyers. p. 184.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 81.
  6. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 310.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 70.
  8. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 12.
  9. Dawson. Flotillas. pp. 199-201.
  10. The Navy List. (March, 1920). p. 860.
  11. The Navy List. (September, 1920). p. 859.
  12. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 859.
  13. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 267.
  14. Bigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/9. f. 10.
  15. Bigg Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/9. f. 10.
  16. Woodward Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/50/83. f. 211.
  17. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397t.
  18. Woodward Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/50/83. f. 211.
  19. Hoyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/272. f. 287.
  20. The Navy List. (March, 1920). p. 860.
  21. Hoyle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/272. f. 287.
  22. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 859.
  23. Kerr Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/137. f. 136.
  24. McGrath Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/96. f. 95.
  25. McGrath Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/53/96. f. 95.
  26. The Navy List. (July, 1924). p. 267.
  27. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 267.

Bibliography


"R" Class Destroyer
Admiralty Design
Radstock Raider Romola Rowena Restless
Rigorous Rocket Rob Roy Redgauntlet Redoubt
Recruit Sturgeon Sceptre Salmon Sylph
Sarpedon Sable Setter Sorceress Satyr
Sharpshooter Simoom Skate Starfish Stork
Skilful Springbok Tancred Tarpon Telemachus
Tempest Tetrarch Tenacious Thisbe Thruster
  Tormentor Tornado Torrent Torrid  
Thornycroft Specials
Rosalind Radiant Retriever Taurus Teazer
Yarrow Specials
Sabrina Strongbow Surprise Sybille Truculent
  Tyrant Ulleswater  
Modified "R" Class
Ulster Undine Tower Trenchant Tristram
  Tirade Ursula Ulysses  
  Umpire Urchin Ursa  
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