H.M.S. Velox (1902)

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H.M.S. Velox (1902)
Pendant Number: P.45 (1914)
D.71 (Sep 1915)[1]
Builder: C. A. Parsons & Company
hull: Hawthorn Leslie & Company[2]
Ordered: Purchased 1901[3]
Laid down: 10 Apr, 1901[4]
Launched: 11 Feb, 1902[5]
Commissioned: Feb, 1904[6]
Mined: 25 Oct, 1915[7]

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

Service

Velox took her novel turbine powerplant to sea for the first time on 25 July, 1902 and easily averaged 33.12 knots.[8]

In July 1905, she reduced to nucleus crew at Portsmouth.[9] On 5 August, she travelled from Portland to Portsmouth in company with twenty other T.B.Ds.[10]

She left Portsmouth on 10 January, 1908 for a three-hour trial, and was then to proceed to Devonport.[11]

On 9 July 1909, she returned to Portsmouth after participating in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1909.[12] In September, it was reported that she was a tender to Vernon, and being used for wireless instruction. She was to have her boilers retubed soon, and it was claimed that "although nominally a 30-knot boat, she has not yet attained 24 knots."[13] This is at odds with reports of her very first trials, and may be a consequence of those trials taking place with the boat in an especially light condition. Such artificial trial conditions, in combination with the use of premium coal varieties and specially-trained stokers, was a commonplace hack which substantially compromised the reputation of the "30 knotters" as being speedy in practice.

In mid-1913, at Portsmouth.[14]

She was lost in the English Channel with four of her crew.[15]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 58.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 58.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  7. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 150.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 26, 1902; pg. 8; Issue 36830.
  9. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 22, 1905; pg. 10; Issue 37766.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Aug 07, 1905; pg. 5; Issue 37779.
  11. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jan 11, 1908; pg. 6; Issue 38540.
  12. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 10, 1909; pg. 9; Issue 39008.
  13. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Monday, Sep 06, 1909; pg. 10; Issue 39057.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 389.
  15. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 150.
  16. The Navy List. (October, 1904). p. 389.
  17. The Navy List. (June, 1906). p. 389.
  18. Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/130. f. 130.
  19. The Navy List. (October, 1908). p. 389.
  20. Callaghan Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/130. f. 130.
  21. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 389.
  22. Sumner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/137. f. 541.
  23. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 389.
  24. Sumner Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/48/137. f. 541.
  25. The Navy List. (August, 1912). p. 388.
  26. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Oct 12, 1912; pg. 4; Issue 40028.
  27. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 389.
  28. "Naval Appointments." The Times (London, England), Monday, Mar 09, 1914; pg. 12; Issue 40466.
  29. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 387.
  30. The Navy List. (April, 1915). p. 398u.
  31. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398u.
  32. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 44.

Bibliography


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