british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Pincher [+1918]
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nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Beagle class destroyer (G class)
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1910
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weight (tons) 900  disp (surf)
dimensions 83.8 x 8.4 x 2.6 m
material steel
engine steam turbines, 2 shafts, 2 screws
armament 1 × BL 4 in (100 mm) Mk VIII gun, 3 × 12-pounder guns, 1 × 3-pounder anti-aircraft gun, 2 × 22-inch (559-mm) torpedo tubes
power 12500  h.p.
speed 27  knots
yard no. 878
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 24/07/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Denny W. & Bros. Ltd., Dumbarton
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
complement 96
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depth (m.) 72 max. / 65 min. (m)
orientation 120°
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Allen Tony24/07/2008Pincher HMS was a British Royal Navy Beagle Class Destroyer. She ran aground and was wrecked in bad weather on Seven Stones near the Isles of Scilly 12th July 1918.
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British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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 Denny W. & Bros. Ltd., Dumbarton
Very famous builder from Dumbarton, established in 1840. Closed down in 1960. The elephant is symbol for the company's strength.
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