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Name: VIPER
Type: Destroyer
Keel: 20/07/1898
Launched: 06/09/1899
Completed: 18/09/1900
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 366
Dimensions: 344disp, 210.0 x 21.0 x 7.0(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x HP Steam turbines, 2 x LP Steam turbines,50000shp
Engines by: Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company Ltd
Propulsion: 4 x Screws, 36.5knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 1 x 12pdr, 5 x 1 x 6pdr guns; 2 x torpedo tubes
History:
18/09/1900 British Royal Navy
03/08/1901 Wrecked
Comments: This was a sub-contract from the Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co
Hawthorn Leslie was a sub-contracter for the hull
The Admiralty were looking for a design that would achieve at least 31 knots
She was the first destroyer to use steam turbine propulsion.
03/08/1901: Whilst on manoevers in fog near Alderney, ran aground on Renonquet Rocks
Lost her propellers & drifted broadside onto rocks. Eventually broke her back.


Above photo copyright of Tyne and Wear Museums

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Shields Daily Gazette, Thursday, 07/09/1899

Western Daily Press, Friday 20th July 1900