Fervant Class 1895
two Fervant Class Torpedo Boat Destroyers were built by Hanna Donald and
Wilson, Paisley Scotland. in 1895. These boats originally had only one
funnel but it soon came apparent that they would not reach the intended
speed of 27 knots. so they were reboilered with the water-tube boilers which
were being installed in all new torpedo boats. and this increased the funnels
required to four. HMS Fervant even with the re boiler was accepted with
a lower speed (26.7 knots on trials) With all the changes these two
boats took longer to build. Displacement: 275 tons, Speed 26
to 27 knots Armament: One 12pounder gun and two torpedo
tubes. Compliment: 53
HMS Fervant. Laid down 27th March 1894, launched 20th march 1895 and Completed June 1900. Served in Home waters Broken up in 1920.
HMS Zephyr. laid down 23rd march 1894, launched 10th May 1895 and completed July 1901. served in Home waters until being sold and scrapped 1920.
Please find attached a postcard that was sent from my great grandfather Charles Burnes while he was serving as a Torpedoman on board HMS Fervent. I believe this to be dated approx 1905 as I have several other around this date. Alan Bacon
Firing a Torpedo from the Deck of the Destroyer HMS Zephyr