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Name: LIGHTNING
Type: Destroyer
Keel: 28/03/1894
Launched: 10/04/1895
Completed: 05/10/1895
Builder: Palmer’s Ship Building & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Jarrow
Yard Number: 682
Dimensions: 385disp, 204.5 x 19.5 x 8.0(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x VT3cyl, 3900ihp
Engines by: Palmer’s Ship Building & Iron Co Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 27.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 12pdr QF, 5 x 1 x 6pdr guns; 2 x 1 x 18.0ins torpedoes
History:
05/10/1895 British Royal Navy
30/06/1915 Sank
Comments: Member of the Janus Class of Destroyers
1913: Redesignated as a member of the A Class
30/06/1915: She was engaged in destroying mines near the Kentish Knock, during which another mine struck the ship.
LIGHTNING subsequently broke in half, the bow section sinking, while the stern was towed back to Sheerness.
The ship's captain was absolved of any blame but was advised that he "might have considered he was in a mine field having already sighted three mines".


Image courtesy of Kevin Blair

Marine Engineer, May 1895