HMS Locust (1896)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Locust.
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Locust
Builder: Laird, Son & Co., Birkenhead
Laid down: 20 April 1896
Launched: 5 December 1896
Completed: July 1898
Fate: Scrapped, 1919
General characteristics
Class & type: Earnest-class destroyer
Displacement: 395 long tons (401 t)
Length: 210 ft (64 m)
Beam: 21.5 ft (6.6 m)
Draught: 9.75 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: vertical triple-expansion steam engines
Coal-fired Normand boilers
6,300 hp (4,698 kW)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 63
Armament: 1 × QF 12-pounder gun
2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

HMS Locust was a B-class torpedo boat destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was launched by Laird, Son & Company, Birkenhead, on 5 December 1896.[1]

She served as part of the Devonport Destroyer Instructional Flotilla in 1901.[2] On 5 December 1901 she was recommissioned as tender to the battleship Victorious on the Mediterranean station.[3] She left Devonport for Malta in January the following year.[4]

The future Admiral of the Fleet, Andrew Cunningham, was appointed her second-in-command while a sub-lieutenant, in September 1903.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times (London), Monday, 7 December 1896, p.12
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 19 March 1901. (36406), p. 8.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Friday, 6 December 1901. (36631), p. 6.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Monday, 20 January 1902. (36669), p. 6.