H.M.S. Sandfly (1911)

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H.M.S. Sandfly (1911)
Pendant Number: H.87 (1914)
H.99 (Jan 1918)
F.95 (Sep 1918)[1]
Builder: Swan Hunter[2]
Ordered: 1910-11 Programme[3]
Launched: 26 Jul, 1911[4]
Completed: Dec, 1911[5]
Sold: 9 May, 1921[6]

H.M.S. Sandfly was one of twenty-nine destroyers of the Acheron class.

Radio

She was one of 18 Acheron class destroyers fitted with W/T in 1912, becoming one of 123 destroyers so far fitted with Destroyer Sets.[7]

Service

In mid-1913, she was one of twenty Acheron's with the First Destroyer Flotilla.[8]

Around August 1917, she moved to the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla, which was a component of the Devonport Defence under Commander-in-Chief, Devonport.

In early 1918, Sandfly moved to the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla on the East Coast of England as one of four minelaying destroyers. This proved very short-lived, as by 20 February, the ship was in the Twentieth Destroyer Flotilla, fitted as a minelayer in the "Slow Division".[9]

She was rammed by the Telemachus in thick fog and had her boiler room flooded, requiring an arduous, thirty-six hour tow to harbour.[10]

Sandfly was reduced to C. & M. Party at Devonport, 15 October, 1919.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1921. p. 75.
  4. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  5. Friedman. British Destroyers. p. 306.
  6. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 62.
  7. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1912. Wireless Appendix, p. 6.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 372.
  9. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 124.
  10. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 124.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1921). p. 860.
  12. Coates Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/424. f. 485.
  13. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 397v.
  14. Coates Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/424. f. 485.
  15. The Navy List. (October, 1916). p. 397v.
  16. Wright Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/304. f. ?.
  17. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 397t.
  18. Wright Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/51/304. f. ?.
  19. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 902.

Bibliography


Acheron Class Destroyer
Admiralty Design
Goshawk Hind Hornet Hydra Defender
Druid Sandfly Jackal Tigress Lapwing
  Lizard Phoenix Ferret Forester  
Yarrow Specials
  Archer Attack  
Thornycroft Specials
  Acheron Ariel  
Parsons Specials
  Badger Beaver  
Firedrake/Yarrow Specials
  Firedrake Lurcher Oak  
Australian type
  Parramatta Warrego Yarra  
  Huon Swan Torrens  
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