HMS Ferret (1893)
|Builder:||Laird, Son & Co., Birkenhead|
|Laid down:||July 1893|
|Launched:||9 December 1893|
|Fate:||Sunk as target, 1911|
|Class and 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)|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)|
Ferret 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.
Ferret was launched in 1893 and completed in 1895.
She underwent repairs to re-tube her boilers during Spring 1902, following which she was in July that year transferred to succeed HMS Lynx as tender to HMS Defiance, torpedo school ship at Devonport.
She was sunk as a target in 1911.
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