HMS Earnest (1896)

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United Kingdom
Name: HMS Earnest
Builder: Laird, Son & Co., Birkenhead
Laid down: 2 March 1896
Launched: 11 November 1896
Completed: November 1897
Fate: Scrapped, 1920
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)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 63

HMS Earnest was a B-class torpedo boat destroyer of the British Royal Navy, one of six to be built from the line.[1] She was completed by Laird, Son & Company, Birkenhead, in 1896, after 609 days of construction.[2] She was part of the new 30-knotters that were requested by the Admiralty, amid fears of foreign boats and their speeds the requirements were increased from 27 knots.[citation needed]

She served with the Mediterranean Squadron, and was in August 1901 recommissioned at Malta as tender to the battleship HMS Caesar.[3]


  1. ^ "Earnest Class". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "HMS Earnest". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 14 August 1901. (36533), p. 4.