H.M.S. Salmon (1895)

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H.M.S. Salmon (1895)
Builder: Earle[1]
Ordered: 1893-94[2]
Laid down: 12 Mar, 1894[3]
Launched: 15 Jan, 1895[4]
Commissioned: 14 Jan, 1896[5]
Broken up: 1912[6]

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

Service

Like many "A" class ships, she was broken up before the war.

Fittings and Performance

Lionel Dawson wrote of his experiences in command of the destroyer.[7]

Like many of her class, the helm was situated behind the platform for the 12-pdr gun, with the helmsman peering ahead through a small gap under the platform and over the foredeck. It was very hard to see. The common workaround was to construct a new wheel on the gun platform and connect it below by shafts and screws. In Salmon, this wheel was actually a training wheel for a 4.7-in gun, and it required 32 revolutions to move the rudder from hard port to hard starboard. Vexingly, the action of this wheel was the opposite to what a ship's wheel ordinarily delivered.

Her eight boilers seemed to be more than enough for her. Dawson's engineer would joke and say that "the last two or three [boilers] only made the deck hot, since the engines could not take up the steam from them."

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 92.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 92.
  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. 92.
  5. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 260.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 92.
  7. Dawson. Flotillas. pp. 86-87.
  8. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 260.
  9. Hawksley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  10. Hawksley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  11. Year given as 1901 in Service Record, but 1900 seems clear.
  12. West Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/249. f. 384.
  13. West Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/249. f. 384.
  14. The Navy List. (May, 1903). p. 301a.
  15. Noble Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/248. f. 282.
  16. White Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/373. f. 422.
  17. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 374.
  18. White Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/373. f. 422.
  19. Monroe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 438.
  20. Monroe Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 438.
  21. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  22. Carter Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/301. f. 340.
  23. Thomas Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/272. f. 307.
  24. Thomas Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/44/272. f. 307.
  25. Hemans Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/47/151. f. 356.
  26. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 371.
  27. Hemans Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/47/151. f. 356.
  28. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 371.
  29. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 371.
  30. The Monthly Navy List. (March, 1911). p. 371.
  31. Dawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 208.
  32. Dawson Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50. f. 208.

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