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HMS Ferret (1893)

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Name  HMS Ferret
Completed  March 1895
Class and type  Ferret-class destroyer
Construction started  July 1893
Length  61 m
Builder  Cammell Laird
Laid down  July 1893
Fate  Sunk as target, 1911
Displacement  280 long tons (284 t)
Launched  9 December 1893
Draft  2.7 m
HMS Ferret (1893)

HMS Ferret was a Ferret-class destroyer which served with the Royal Navy from 1893 and was sunk in 1911.



Ferret was armed with one 12-pounder gun and two bow torpedo tubes. Later in her career she was fitted out for boom breaking as an experiment. Her forebridge, gun and bow tube were removed and the turtle backed forecastle was strengthened for this purpose.

Service history

Ferret was launched in 1893 and completed in 1895.

She served in the Devonport instructional flotilla, when in early February 1900 she was transferred to become tender to HMS Cambridge, gunnery ship off Plymouth.

She underwent repairs to re-tube her boilers during Spring 1902, following which she was in July that year transferred to succeed the HMS Lynx as tender to the HMS Defiance, torpedo school ship at Devonport.

She took part in the Coronation Review for King Edward VII on 16 August 1902, with Lieutenant Arthur William Tomlinson temporarily in command from 8 August.

She was sunk as a target in 1911.


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  • References

    HMS Ferret (1893) Wikipedia

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