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HMS Lee (1899)

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Name  HMS Lee
Commissioned  March 1901
Launched  27 January 1899
Laid down  4 January 1898
Construction started  4 January 1898
Builder  William Doxford & Sons
Ordered  1898 – 1899 Naval Estimates
Fate  5 October 1909 wrecked off Blacksod Bay on the west coast of Ireland
Class and type  Doxford three funnel - 30 knot destroyer

HMS Lee was a Doxford three funnel - 30 knot destroyer ordered by the Royal Navy under the 1898 – 1899 Naval Estimates. She was the sixth ship to carry this name since it introduction in 1776 for a 6-gun sloop for service on the Great Lakes.

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Construction

She was laid down on 4 January 1898 at the William Doxford and Sons shipyard at Pallion, Sunderland and launched on 27 January 1899. During her acceptance trials she took a very long time to attain the contract speed of 30 knots and was not accepted into the Royal Navy until March 1901.

Pre-War

After commissioning she was deployed to the Channel Fleet and based at Shearness as part of the Medway Instructional Flotilla. In December 1901 she was replaced in the flotilla by Mermaid, her crew was transferred to the latter ship, and she paid off into the Fleet Reserve.

On 14 July 1907, Lee, which had been operating with the Channel Fleet, collided with the Dutch protected cruiser Friesland off Start Point, Devon, holing the destroyer on her port quarter.

Loss

On 5 October 1909 she was wrecked off Blacksod Bay on the west coast of Ireland.

She was not awarded a Battle Honour for her service.

Pennant Numbers

During her career she was not assigned a pennant (pendant) number.

References

HMS Lee (1899) Wikipedia


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