HMS Greyhound (1900)

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HMS Greyhound (1900) underway at Portland.jpg
HMS Greyhound underway at Portland, in 1906
History
Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Greyhound
Ordered: 1898 – 1899 Naval Estimates
Builder: R.W. Hawthorn Leslie & Co., Hebburn-on-Tyne
Cost: £61,066[1]
Yard number: 377[1]
Laid down: 18 July 1899
Launched: 6 October 1900
Completed: January 1902
Out of service: November 1918
Honours and
awards:
Belgian Coast 1915 - 1918
Fate: Sold for breaking, 10 June 1919
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Hawthorn Leslie three-funnel, 30 knot destroyer
Displacement:
  • 385 t (379 long tons) light
  • 430 t (423 long tons) full load
Length: 214 ft 6 in (65.38 m) o/a
Beam: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Draught: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Installed power: 6,300 shp (4,700 kW)
Propulsion:
Speed: 30 kn (56 km/h)
Range:
  • 95 tons coal
  • 1,615 nmi (2,991 km) at 11 kn (20 km/h)
Complement: 63 officers and men
Armament:
Service record
Operations: World War I 1914 - 1918

HMS Greyhound was a Hawthorn Leslie three-funnel, 30 knot destroyer ordered by the Royal Navy under the 1898 – 1899 Naval Estimates.

Construction[edit]

She was laid down as builder’s number 377 on 18 July 1899, at the R.W. Hawthorn Leslie and Company shipyard at Hebburn-on-Tyne and launched on 6 October 1900. During her builder’s trials she made her contract speed of 30 knots. She was completed and accepted by the Royal Navy in January 1902, at a total cost of £61,066.[2][3]

Pre-War[edit]

Greyhound was assigned to the Channel Fleet on her commission. In May 1902, she was under the command of Commander Marcus Rowley Hill when she transferred her officers and crew to Roebuck.[4] She spent her operational career mainly in Home Waters operating with the Channel Fleet in the East Coast Flotilla.

On 30 August 1912, the Admiralty directed all destroyer classes were to be designated by letters starting with 'A'. Since her design speed was 30-knots and she had three funnels she was assigned to the C class. After 30 September 1913, she was known as a C-class destroyer and had the letter ‘C’ painted on the hull below the bridge area and on either the fore or aft funnel.[5]

World War I[edit]

July 1914, found her in the 6th Destroyer Flotilla tendered to Attentive based at Dover. While employed in the 6th Flotilla she performed anti-submarine and counter mining patrols as well as Dover Barrage defensive patrols. From 22 August to 19 November 1915, along with Mermaid and Racehorse, she provided anti-submarine screen for several operations off the Belgian Coast. In November 1916, she was redeployed to the 7th Destroyer Flotilla on the Humber performing anti-submarine patrols and counter-mining operations off the East Coast of England until the Armistice. She was awarded the battle honour "Belgian Coast 1915 – 18".

Fate[edit]

By November 1918, she was paid off and placed in reserve awaiting disposal. She was sold on 10 June 1919, to Clarkeson of Whitby for breaking.[1]

Pennant numbers[edit]

Pennant number[6] From To
P01 6 Dec 1914 1 Sep 1915
D59 1 Sep 1915 1 Jan 1918
D44 1 Jan 1918 13 Sep 1918
H43 13 Sep 1918 10 Jun 1919

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Lyon, The First Destroyers, p. 94
  2. ^ Jane, Fred T. (1969) [1898]. Jane’s All The Worlds Fighting Ships 1898. New York: first published by Sampson Low Marston, London 1898, Reprinted ARCO Publishing Company. p. 84 to 85. 
  3. ^ Jane, Fred T. (1990). Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War I. Jane’s Publishing © 1919. pp. 76–77. ISBN 1 85170 378 0. 
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36761). London. 7 May 1902. p. 10. 
  5. ^ Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships 1906 to 1922. Conway Maritime Press. 2006 [1985]. p. Page 17 to 19. ISBN 0 85177 245 5. 
  6. ^ ""Arrowsmith" List – Part 1 Destroyer Prototypes through "River" class". Retrieved 1 Jun 2013. 
Bibliography
  • Manning, Captain T.D. The British Destroyer. Godfrey Cave Associates. ISBN 0-906223-13-X. 
  • Lyon, David (2001) [1996]. The First Destroyers. Shipshape monographs. London: Caxton Editions. ISBN 1-84067-364-8.