Gipsy-class destroyer

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Class overview
Name: Gipsy class
Builders: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Scotland
Operators:  Royal Navy
Built: 1896–1901
In commission: 1895–1919
Completed: 6
Lost: 2
Scrapped: 4
General characteristics
Type: Torpedo boat destroyer
Displacement: 350 long tons (356 t)
Length: 209.75 ft (63.93 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Draught: 8 ft 2 in (2.5 m)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 63

Three Gipsy-class destroyers served with the Royal Navy;[1] Osprey, Fairy and Gipsy were three funnelled 30-knot (56 km/h) C-class destroyers built by Fairfield with Thorneycroft boilers. Leven, Falcon and Ostrich are sometime referred to as the Falcon class but are here listed under the Gipsy class. These 209-foot (64 m) long ships were armed with the standard 12-pounder gun and two torpedo tubes and all served in the First World War in home waters.


Name Launched Fate
Osprey 7 April 1897 Broken up in 1919[1]
Fairy 29 May 1897 Foundered 1918[1]
Gipsy 9 March 1897 Sold 1921[1]
Leven 28 June 1898 Broken up in 1920[2]
Falcon 29 December 1899 Collided with another vessel in 1918[3][4]
Ostrich 22 March 1900 Broken up in 1920[3]

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Gypsy class at". Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  2. ^ "Leven at". Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  3. ^ a b "Falcon class at". Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  4. ^ See British National Archives ADM 1/8522/112 "Court Martial on loss of HMS FALCON in collision with HM Armed Trawler JOHN FITZGERALD"