HMS Fervent (1895)

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Name: HMS Fervent
Builder: Hanna, Donald & Wilson, Paisley
Launched: 20 March 1895[1]
Fate: Broken up, 29 April 1920[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Fervent-class destroyer
Displacement: 275 long tons (279 t)
Length: 200 ft (61 m)
Propulsion: 3,850 shp (2,871 kW)
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Complement: 53

HMS Fervent was a Fervent-class destroyer which served with the Royal Navy. Fervent was launched on 28 March 1895 at Paisley.[2]

She proved slower than originally hoped and even when fitted with new water tube boilers could only make 26.7 knots (49.4 km/h) at her trials. She was accepted for service despite failing to make the 27-knot (50 km/h) target. Fervent served in home waters after belatedly leaving her builders, Hanna, Donald & Wilson, in 1901, six years after she was launched. Lieutenant C. H. France-Hayhurst was appointed in command in March 1902,[3] but the ship was temporarily paid off at Portsmouth the following month to be strengthened,[4] and France-Hayhurst re-appointed to attend a signal course.


  1. ^ a b "HMS Fervent". Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  2. ^ The Times (London), Friday, 29 March 1895, p.8
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 5 March 1902. (36707), p. 5.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Tuesday, 22 April 1902. (36748), p. 12.


  • Manning, Captain T.D. The British Destroyer. Godfrey Cave Associates. ISBN 0-906223-13-X.