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HMS Sylvia (1897)

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Name  HMS Sylvia
Commissioned  January 1899
Launched  3 July 1897
Laid down  13 July 1896
Construction started  13 July 1896
Builder  William Doxford & Sons
Ordered  1896 – 1897 Naval Estimates
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

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.



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.


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 in 1902.

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.

World War I

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.


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.

She was not awarded a Battle Honour for her service.


HMS Sylvia (1897) Wikipedia