H.M.S. Fairy (1897)

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H.M.S. Fairy (1897)
Pendant Number: P.40 (1914)
D.53 (Sep 1915)
D.35 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Fairfield[2]
Ordered: 1896-97 Programme[3]
Laid down: 19 Oct, 1896[4]
Launched: 29 May, 1897[5]
Commissioned: Aug, 1898[6]
Foundered: 5 Jul, 1920[7]

H.M.S. Fairy was one of forty destroyers of the "C" class — a "30 knotter".

Service

In mid-1913, Fairy was with the Sixth Destroyer Flotilla.[8]

Early in the morning of 31 May, 1918, she engaged UC 75 off Flamborough Head after the submarine accidentally collided with a ship in a convoy Fairy was helping escort. She rammed the U-boat twice and scored hits with her after 6-pdr gun, forcing the enemy to surrender. Fairy suffered such damage from the second ramming attack that she foundered an hour afterward, Greyhound rescuing the destroyermen and the captive Germans. [9]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  2. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 95.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 95.
  5. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 95.
  7. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  8. The Navy List (July, 1913), p. 311.
  9. Smith. Hard Lying. pp. 62-3.
  10. The Navy List (July, 1913), p. 311.
  11. The Navy List (January, 1915). p. 316.
  12. Smith. Hard Lying. p. 62.

Bibliography


"C" Class Destroyer
Star Whiting Bat Chamois Crane
Flying Fish Fawn Flirt Bullfinch Dove
Violet Sylvia Lee Avon Bittern
Otter Leopard Vixen Brazen Electra
Recruit Vulture Kestrel Cheerful Mermaid
Greyhound Racehorse Roebuck Gipsy Fairy
Osprey Leven Falcon Ostrich Thorn
Tiger Vigilant Albatross Viper Velox
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