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HMS Gala (1905)

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Name  HMS Gala
Commissioned  April 1905
Launched  7 January 1905
Builder  Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down  1 February 1904
Construction started  1 February 1904
Length  70 m
Ordered  1903 – 1904 Naval Estimates
Fate  27 April 1908 Sunk in collision with HMS Attentive
Class and type  Yarrow Type River-class destroyer

HMS Gala was a Yarrow type River-class destroyer ordered by the Royal Navy under the 1903 – 1904 Naval Estimates. Named after the Gala Waters in the Scottish Borders area south of Edinburgh, she was the first Royal Navy ship to carry this name. She was launched on 7 January and was accidentally sunk in a collision with the cruiser Attentive on 28 April 1908.

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Construction

Gala was laid down on 1 February 1904 at the Yarrow shipyard at Poplar and launched on 7 January 1905. She was completed in April 1905. Her original armament was to be the same as the Turtleback torpedo boat destroyers that preceded her. In 1906 the Admiralty decided to upgrade the armament by landing the five 6-pounder naval guns and shipping three 12-pounder 8 hundredweight (cwt) guns. Two would be mounted abeam at the foc'x'le break and the third gun would be mounted on the quarterdeck.

Pre-war

After commissioning she was assigned to the East Coast Destroyer Flotilla of the 1st Fleet and based at Harwich.

Loss

On the afternoon of 27 April 1908, the Eastern Destroyer Flotilla, consisting of 15 vessels, in company with the scouts Adventure and Attentive , left Harwich for the purpose of firing exercise and night manoeuvres. A little after midnight all the vessels having their lights masked, Gala collided with Attentive being struck by the latter's ram in the after part of the engine room and cut in two. Only one man was killed, Engineer Lieutenant F A Fletcher. Attentive afterwards collided with the destroyer Ribble and holed her below the waterline. She had to put into Sheerness for repairs. While it was attempted to tow the two parts of Gala to shallow water, it was unsuccessful, with both parts sinking.

References

HMS Gala (1905) Wikipedia


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