HMS Spitfire (1895)

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History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Spitfire
Namesake: Spitfire
Ordered: 1893
Builder: Armstrong Mitchell & Co., Elswick, Tyne and Wear
Laid down: 1894
Launched: 7 June 1895
Commissioned: July 1895
Decommissioned: 1912
Fate: Sold, 1912
General characteristics
Class and type: Swordfish-class destroyer
Propulsion: Yarrow boilers
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Armament:

HMS Spitfire was one of two Swordfish-class destroyers which served with the Royal Navy. She was launched on 7 June 1895 by Armstrong Mitchell & Co. at Newcastle upon Tyne[1] and sold off in 1912. Her fate is unknown.

Service history[edit]

Spitfire served in home waters. In early February 1900 she had repairs at Chatham, before joining the Medway instructional flotilla on 26 February to replace the HMS Coquette, whose crew under the command of lieutenant Charles Pipon Beaty-Pownall turned over to her from 7 March.[2][3] She was tender to Wildfire, the shore establishment at Sheerness. She underwent repairs to re-tube her boilers in 1902.[4] On 7 May 1902 she was commissioned as tender to the cruiser Immortalité, which itself served as a sea-going tender at Sheerness.[5]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The Times (London), Saturday, 8 June 1895, p.8
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36075). London. 26 February 1900. p. 11.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36077). London. 28 February 1900. p. 11.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36767). London. 14 May 1902. p. 12.
  5. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36761). London. 7 May 1902. p. 10.
References