HMS Sprightly (1900)

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History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Sprightly
Builder: Laird, Son & Co., Birkenhead
Laid down: 20 June 1899
Launched: 25 September 1900
Completed: March 1902
Fate: Scrapped, 1920
General characteristics
Class & type: Lively-class destroyer
Displacement: 385 long tons (391 t)
Length: 219 ft (67 m)
Beam: 21.25 ft (6.5 m)
Draught: 8 ft 7 in (2.6 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Armament:

HMS Sprightly was a B-class torpedo boat destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She was built speculatively by Laird, Son & Company, Birkenhead, pre-empting further orders for vessels of this type, and was purchased by the navy in 1901.

Construction[edit]

Sprightly arrived at Plymouth from Birkenhead in late November 1901 for tests and fitting of navy equipment.[1] She was placed in the B division of the Fleet Reserve at Devonport in late March 1902.[2]

Operational history[edit]

Sprightly was commissioned at Devonport by Commander Roger Keyes on 13 May 1902,[3] with the crew of the destroyer Falcon, taking that ship´s place in the instructional flotilla.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Monday, 25 November 1901. (36621), p. 10.
  2. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Thursday, 27 March 1902. (36726), p. 4.
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Wednesday, 21 May 1902. (36773), p. 10.
  4. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence" The Times (London). Saturday, 10 May 1902. (36764), p. 8.