Fervant Class 1895

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The 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.

HMS Fervent 20th March 1895 Broken up in 1920.
HMS Zephyr 10th May 1895 Broken up in 1920.

HMS Fervent

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   

HMS Zephyr

Firing a Torpedo from the Deck of the Destroyer HMS Zephyr