H.M.S. Spitfire (1895)

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H.M.S. Spitfire (1895)
Builder: Armstrong, Whitworth & Company[1]
Ordered: 1893-94[2]
Laid down: 4 Jun, 1894[3]
Launched: 7 Jun, 1895[4]
Commissioned: Nov, 1896[5]
Broken up: 1912[6]

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

Service

On 1 July, 1905, Spitfire led seventeen destroyers of the Reserve Division from Sheerness to Spithead under the command of Commander Reginald Graham Gregory.[7]

She and sixteen other destroyers of the Reserve Division arrived at Sheerness on 13 July 1905 and proceeded to Chatham.[8]

Like many of her sisters, she was broken up before the war.

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Equipment

In 1896, Swordfish and Spitfire were fitted with Tower's Steady Platform search lights which proved "very satisfactory,"[37] having been improved since 1889 evaluations. In tests at Chatham on 13th October, 1896, Spitfire was moored in basin number 3 and rolled about 25 degrees while she shone her light on a hatch-painted test vessel. The light beam did not waver by more than a half degree during the test.[38]

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 93.
  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. 93.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 93.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 93.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 93.
  7. "Naval And Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Jul 03, 1905; pg. 12; Issue 37749.
  8. "Naval And Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Jul 14, 1905; pg. 10; Issue 37759.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, Mar 12, 1897; pg. 11; Issue 35149.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Apr 01, 1897; pg. 11; Issue 35166.
  11. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Sep 18, 1897; pg. 11; Issue 35312.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Nov 13, 1897; pg. 11; Issue 35360.
  13. Luce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 79.
  14. Luce Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 79.
  15. "APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 16, 1903; pg. 8; Issue 37134.
  16. "Appointments for the Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 09, 1904; pg. 12; Issue 37442.
  17. Walwyn Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45/24. f. 24.
  18. Hawksley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  19. Hawksley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 289.
  20. Buchanan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/4. f. 4.
  21. Buchanan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/4. f. 4.
  22. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  23. Prentis Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/118. f. 130.
  24. Benwell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/200. f. 215.
  25. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 378.
  26. Benwell Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/200. f. 215.
  27. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 378.
  28. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 378.
  29. Taylor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 438.
  30. Taylor Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48. f. 438.
  31. Rawlings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/96. f. 500.
  32. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 378.
  33. Rawlings Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/96. f. 500.
  34. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  35. Russel Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/75. f. 40.
  36. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 378.
  37. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1896. p. ix.
  38. Annual Report of the Torpedo School, 1896. p. 51.

Bibliography


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