HMS Fame (1896)

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HMS Fame
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Fame
Ordered: 10 May 1895[1]
Builder: John I Thornycroft, Chiswick
Cost: £54,724[1]
Yard number: 306
Laid down: 4 July 1895
Launched: 15 April 1896
Commissioned: June 1897
Out of service: Laid up in reserve 1919
Identification: Pennant number: D26
Honours and
China 1900
Fate: Sold for breaking at Hong Kong, 31 August 1921
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Two funnel, 30 knot destroyer
Displacement: 272 t (268 long tons) standard
352 t (346 long tons) full load
Length: 210 ft (64 m) o/a
Beam: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
Draught: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Installed power: 5,700 shp (4,300 kW)

3 × water tube boilers
2 × vertical triple-expansion steam engines

2 shafts
Speed: 30 kn (56 km/h)
Range: 80 tons coal
1,310 nmi (2,430 km) at 11 kn (20 km/h)
Complement: 65 officers and men
Service record
Part of: China Station - 1897
Operations: Boxer Rebellion 1899
First World War 1914–1918

HMS Fame was a two funnel, 30 knot destroyer of the Royal Navy, ordered under the 1894 – 1895 Naval Estimates. She was launched in 1896, served in Chinese waters for the whole of her life and was sold at Hong Kong in 1921.


She was laid down as yard number 306 on 4 July 1895 at the John I Thornycroft shipyard at Chiswick on the River Thames. She was launched on 15 April 1896. During her builder's trials her maximum average speed was 30.1 knots. She had her armament fitted at Portsmouth, was completed and was accepted by the Royal Navy in June 1897.


On 26 June 1897 she was present at the Royal Naval Review at Spithead in celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.[2] In the second half of 1897 she was deployed to the China Station and remained there for the rest of her service life.[2]

On 17 June 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion in China, she was involved in operations against the Taku forts and Chinese destroyers. The battle of the Taku Forts resulted in the capture of four Chinese destroyers including Hai Lung (later renamed HMS Taku).[2] She was awarded the battle honour "China 1900" for her participation in operations during the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.

In July 1904, complaints from Vice-Admiral Gerard Noel, Commander-in-Chief, China, about the condition of his torpedo boats and torpedo boat destroyers prompted a review of his assets by First Lord of the Admiralty, the Earl of Selborne.

On 30 August 1912 the Admiralty directed all destroyer classes were to be designated by letters starting with the letter 'A'. Since her design speed was 30 knots and she had two funnels, she was assigned to the D class. After 30 September 1913, she was known as a D-class destroyer and had the letter 'D' painted on the hull below the bridge area and on either the fore or aft funnel.[3]

First World War[edit]

In 1914 she was assigned to the Eastern Fleet in the China Squadron tendered to the battleship HMS Triumph. She remained on China Station for the duration of the First World War.[2]


In 1919 she was paid off and laid-up in reserve awaiting disposal. She was sold in Hong Kong on 31 August 1921 for breaking.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Lyon (1996), p.45.
  2. ^ a b c d "HMS Fame at the Naval Database website". 
  3. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906 to 1922. Conway Maritime Press. 1985, Reprinted 1986, 1997, 2002, 2006. pp. 17–19. ISBN 0-85177-245-5. 
  4. ^ ""Arrowsmith" List – Part 1 Destroyer Prototypes through "River" Class". Retrieved 1 Jun 2013. 
  • Jane, Fred T. (1969) [1898]. Jane's All The Worlds Fighting Ships 1898. New York: first published by Sampson Low Marston, London 1898, Reprinted ARCO Publishing Company. 
  • Jane, Fred T. (1990) [1919]. Jane's Fighting Ships of World War I. Jane's Publishing. ISBN 1-85170-378-0. 
  • David Lyon (1996). The First Destroyers. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-55750-271-1. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 

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