HMS Ferret (1893)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Ferret.
HMS Ferret (1893) IWM Q 021251.jpg
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Ferret
Builder: Laird, Son & Co., Birkenhead
Laid down: July 1893
Launched: 9 December 1893
Completed: March 1895
Fate: Sunk as target, 1911
General characteristics
Class & type: Ferret-class destroyer
Displacement: 280 long tons (284 t)
Length: 199 ft (60.7 m)
Beam: 19.25 ft (5.9 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Vertical triple-expansion steam engines
Coal-fired Normand boilers
4,475 hp (3,337 kW)
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Armament: 1 × QF 12-pounder gun
2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

HMS Ferret was a Ferret-class destroyer which served with the Royal Navy from 1893. She was armed with one 12-pounder gun and two bow torpedo tubes. Later in her career she was fitted out for boom breaking as an experiment. Her forebridge, gun and bow tube were removed and the turtle backed forecastle was strengthened for this purpose.

The Ferret was sunk as a target in 1911.


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