HMS Ardent (1894)

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HMS Ardent
Name: HMS Ardent
Builder: Thornycroft, Chiswick
Launched: 16 October 1894
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 1911
General characteristics
Class & type: Ardent-class destroyer
Displacement: 265 long tons (269 t)
Length: 200 ft (61 m)
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engines
Coal-fired water-tube boilers
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Complement: 53
Armament: 1 × 12-pounder gun
5 × 6-pounder guns
2 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes

HMS Ardent was an Ardent-class destroyer which served with the Royal Navy. She was built by Thornycroft at Church Wharf in Chiswick on the River Thames, launched on 16 October 1894[1] and sold in 1911.[2]

Service history[edit]

Ardent was launched on the 16 October 1894 from the yard at Chiswick following the naming ceremony by Mrs C.T. Cornish, the daughter of the company founder John Isaac Thornycroft.[3]

She was attached to the Mediterranean Fleet during the 1890s as tender to the flagship HMS Ramillies. One role of the destroyer was training of stokers of the Fleet in the management of water-tube boilers.[1]

She was again attached to the Mediterranean Fleet for gunnery and tactical exercises in April 1902.[4]


  1. ^ a b "HMS Ardent Association Online". Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Manning, Captain T.D (1961). The British Destroyer. Putnam and Co. 
  3. ^ "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times (London). Wednesday, 17 October 1894. (34397), col B, p. 10.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 17 April 1902. (36744), p. 7.