H.M.S. Express (1897)

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H.M.S. Express (1897)
Pendant Number: D.84 (1914)
D.80 (Sep 1915)
D.34 (Jan 1918)[1]
Builder: Laird[2]
Ordered: 1896-97[3]
Laid down: 1 Dec, 1896[4]
Launched: 11 Dec, 1897[5]
Commissioned: Feb, 1902[6]
Broken up: 1921[7]

H.M.S. Express was one of twenty-four "B" class destroyers built for the Royal Navy — a "30 knotter".

Service

She and ten other T.B.Ds. of the Devonport Reserve followed the scout cruiser H.M.S. Skirmisher from Plymouth on 21 August 1905 for a practice cruise along the Devon and Cornish coasts.[8]

In late 1905, she was one of eight destroyers in the Third Division of the Channel Fleet's Destroyer Flotilla.[9]

In December 1907, Mermaid and Express collided at night. Mermaid's Lt. in Command Thynne was castigated for allowing the ships to converge, unlit, on a rendezvous at such a high speed.[10]

On 6 May 1913, she ran aground at Spurn Head while returning to port after operations with the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla. On 8 May, as she made her way back to dock, she collided with the Great Central passenger steamer Leicester, sustaining extensive damage to her right side.[11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships 1914–1919. p. 57.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  6. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  7. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 98.
  8. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Tuesday, August 22, 1905, Issue 37792, p.9.
  9. The Navy List. (November, 1905). pp. 267, 269.
  10. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  11. "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), Friday, May 09, 1913; pg. 4; Issue 40207.
  12. Keyes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 277.
  13. Keyes Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 277.
  14. "APPOINTMENTS FOR THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES." The Times (London, England), Thursday, Jul 16, 1903; pg. 8; Issue 37134.
  15. "Appointments for the Naval Manoeuvres." The Times (London, England), Saturday, Jul 09, 1904; pg. 12; Issue 37442.
  16. Buckle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/117. f. 117.
  17. Buckle Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/117. f. 117.
  18. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  19. Thynne Service Record. The National Archives. D7602985 ADM 196/44/199. f. 227.
  20. The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 313.
  21. Preston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/79. f. 79.
  22. Preston Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44/79. f. 79.
  23. The Navy List. (March, 1907). p. 313-15.
  24. Corlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/47. f. 252.
  25. Corlett Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/47/47. f. 252.
  26. Strong Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 38.
  27. Strong Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/45. f. 38.
  28. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 312.
  29. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 311.
  30. Phillipps-Wolley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/214. f. ?.
  31. Phillipps-Wolley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/49/214. f. ?.
  32. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 394c.
  33. Bunbury Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/13. f. 13.
  34. Bunbury Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/46/13. f. 13.
  35. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 394k.
  36. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393s.
  37. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393s.
  38. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 792.
  39. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 792.

Bibliography


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