HMS Sylvia (1897)

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History
Royal Navy Ensign
Name: Sylvia
Ordered: 1896 – 1897 Naval Estimates
Builder: William Doxford and Sons Pallion, Sunderland
Laid down: 13 July 1896
Launched: 3 July 1897
Commissioned: January 1899
Out of service: Laid up in reserve 1919
Fate: 23 July 1919 to Thos W Ward of Sheffield for breaking at New Holland, Lincolnshire on the Humber Estuary
General characteristics
Class and type: Doxford three funnel - 30 knot destroyer[1][2]
Displacement:
  • 350 t (344 long tons) standard
  • 400 t (394 long tons) full load
  • 214 ft (65 m) o/a
  • 21 ft (6.4 m) Beam
  • 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m) Draught
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 Sylvia was a Doxford three funnel - 30 knot destroyer ordered by the Royal Navy under the 1896 – 1897 Naval Estimates. She was the sixth ship to carry this name since it was introduced in 1806 for a cutter sold in 1816.[3][4]

Construction[edit]

She was laid down on 13 July 1896 at the William Doxford and Sons shipyard at Pallion, Sunderland and launched on 3 July 1897. During her builder’s trials she made her contracted speed requirement. She was completed and accepted by the Royal Navy in January 1899.[3][4]

Pre-War[edit]

After commissioning she was assigned to the Devonport Flotilla and spent her entire career in Home Waters.

She underwent repairs to re-tube her boilers during Spring 1902,[5] and was in the dockyard at Sheerness to repair defects in her steering gear in September that year.[6]

On 30 August 1912 the Admiralty directed all destroyer classes were to be designated by alpha characters starting with the letter '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.[7]

World War I[edit]

August 1914 found her in active commission in the 7th Destroyer Flotilla based at Devonport. In September the 7th Flotilla was redeployed to the Humber River tendered to HMS Leander. She remained in this deployment for the duration of the First World War. Her duties included anti-submarine and counter mining patrols.

Disposition[edit]

In 1919 she was paid off and laid-up in reserve awaiting disposal. HMS Sylvia was sold on 23 July 1919 to Thos W Ward of Sheffield for breaking at New Holland, Lincolnshire on the Humber Estuary.[8]

She was not awarded a Battle Honour for her service.

Pennant Numbers[edit]

Pennant Number[8] From To
D23 6 Dec 1914 1 Sep 1915
D69 1 Sep 1915 1 Jan 1918
D84 1 Jan 1918 13 Sep 1918
H03 13 Sep 1918 23 Jul 1919

References[edit]

NOTE: All tabular data under General Characteristics only from the listed Jane's Fighting Ships volume unless otherwise specified

  1. ^ Jane, Fred T. (1969) [1905]. Jane’s Fighting Ships 1905. New York: first published by Sampson Low Marston, London 1905, Reprinted ARCO Publishing Company. p. 77. 
  2. ^ Jane, Fred T. (1990). Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War I. Jane’s Publishing © 1919. p. 77. ISBN 1 85170 378 0. 
  3. ^ a b 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. 
  4. ^ a b Jane, Fred T. (1990). Jane’s Fighting Ships of World War I. Jane’s Publishing © 1919. p. 76. ISBN 1 85170 378 0. 
  5. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36767). London. 14 May 1902. p. 12. 
  6. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36880). London. 23 September 1902. p. 8. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b ""Arrowsmith" List – Part 1 Destroyer Prototypes through "River" Class". Retrieved 1 Jun 2013. 
  • Manning, Captain T.D. The British Destroyer. Godfrey Cave Associates. ISBN 0-906223-13-X.