H.M.S. Sylvia (1897)

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H.M.S. Sylvia (1897)
Pendant Number: D.23 (1914)
D.69 (Sep 1915)
D.84 (Jan 1918)
H.03 (Apr 1918)[1]
Builder: Doxford[2]
Ordered: 1986-97 Programme[3]
Laid down: 13 Jul, 1896[4]
Launched: 3 Jul, 1897[5]
Commissioned: Jan, 1899[6]
Broken up: 1919[7]

H.M.S. Sylvia was one of forty "C" class destroyers built for the Royal Navy — a "30 knotter".

Service

In January, 1901, she was based in Portsmouth.[8]

In November, 1905, she was in reserve at Devonport.[9]

In July, 1909, she was attached to the Home Fleet, operating out of Devonport.[10] She would remain there until at least April, 1910.[11]

In April, 1911, she was with the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla of the Home Fleet.[12]

In mid-1913, she was operating with Seventh Destroyer Flotilla — a patrol flotilla, having been there since at least August, 1912.[13][14]

Sylvia left 7 D.F. sometime between 10 October and December, 1914 and was made one of thirty destroyers attached to the four Battle Squadrons operating in Home and Atlantic Waters.[15] This assignment evolved into an attachment in support of the Grand Fleet, with the number of destroyers paring back to ten by mid August, 1917.

On 29 September, 1917, under the command of Lieutenant R.N.R. Peter Shaw, she and Arab raced out of Lerwick in a belated effort to assist in Tirade's destruction of UC 55. Sylvia nonetheless fired three rounds from her 12-pdr., claiming hits that other sources discounted.[16]

In January, 1918, Sylvia was one of eleven destroyers operating out of the Firth of Forth. This force acquired the name of Methil Convoy Flotilla some time in February. In April, 1918, Sylvia left the Methil Convoy Flotilla for the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla, which was operating out of the Humber as part of East Coast Forces. She would serve with that formation through the end of the war until it was re-formed around a core of modern destroyers in February, 1919. Sylvia was sent to the Humber await disposal.[17]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 58.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 58.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 58.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 94.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 305.
  9. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 382.
  10. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 381.
  11. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 381.
  12. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 381.
  13. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 381.
  14. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 381.
  15. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (December, 1914). p. 8.
  16. Williams, M. W. HMS Tirade and the Sinking of UC-55 in Warship 1997-1998.
  17. Supplement to the Monthly Navy List. (March, 1919). p. 20.
  18. The Navy List. (January, 1901). p. 305.
  19. Brand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 118.
  20. Brand Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 118.
  21. Castle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/119. f. 131.
  22. Castle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/119. f. 131.
  23. Cowan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 249.
  24. Cowan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 249.
  25. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  26. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Friday, 24 February, 1905. Issue 37639, col C, p. 11.
  27. Waterer Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/380. f. 429.
  28. Cowan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 249.
  29. Cowan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 249.
  30. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Saturday, 29 July, 1905. Issue 37772, col C, p. 10.
  31. Hanning-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/507. f. 510.
  32. Hanning-Lee Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/507. f. 510.
  33. Bather Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/438. f. 438.
  34. Bather Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/438. f. 438.
  35. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 17 June, 1909. Issue 38988, col B, p. 9.
  36. The Navy List. (July, 1909). p. 371.
  37. Hemans Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/47/151. f. 356.
  38. The Navy List. (April, 1910). p. 281.
  39. Hemans Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/47/151. f. 356.
  40. Tweedie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 332.
  41. Tweedie Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 332.
  42. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 381.
  43. White Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/276. f. ?.
  44. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 381.
  45. White Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/276. f. ?.
  46. Master Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/316. f. ?.
  47. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398m.
  48. Master Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/50/316. f. ?.
  49. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 398d.
  50. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 240/56/142. f. 142.
  51. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 912a.
  52. Kelly Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 240/56/142. f. 142.

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