H.M.S. Viper (1899)

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H.M.S. Viper (1899)
Builder: C. A. Parsons & Company
hull: Hawthorn Leslie & Company[1]
Laid down: 1898[2]
Launched: 6 Sep, 1899[3]
Commissioned: 1900[4]
Stranded: 1901[5]

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

Service

Viper ran aground on rocks in thick fog on 3 August, 1901 while participating in the annual manoeuvres. A Court Martial found that Lieutenant and Commander William Speke had not kept an accurate record of courses and had failed to take suitable precautions in the fog, and his navigating Sub-Lieutenant Alan James Mackenzie-Grieve was found to have of inserting courses into the ship's log after the fact, which incurred Their Lordships' displeasure.[6]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  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. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  6. Hepper. British Warship Losses in the Ironclad Era: 1860-1919. p. 16.

Bibliography


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