H.M.S. Serpent (1887)

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H.M.S. Serpent (1887)
Builder: Devonport Royal Dockyard[1]
Laid down: 9 Nov, 1885[2]
Launched: 10 Mar, 1887[3]
Completed: Mar, 1888[4]
Wrecked: 10 Nov, 1890[5]
H.M.S. Serpent was one of eight Archer Class torpedo cruisers completed for the Royal Navy.

Service

Serpent departed Devonport for the West Africa Station on 8 November, 1890. On the night of the 10th in heavy weather, she struck the Puenta Buey reef off Spain's Cape Villano. Attempts to launch boats failed and the ship was forced parallel to the shore, taking the sea on the beam. Rolling sharply on her beam ends, she eventually capsized with only three men able to make it to shore.[6]

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Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 81.
  6. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 14.
  7. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/243. f. 1052.
  8. Powell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/39/243. f. 1052.
  9. The Navy List. (July, 1890). p. 248.
  10. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 14.

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