british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Chamois [+1904]
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general
nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Star class destroyer (br. c-type)
propulsion steam
date built 1896
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 360  disp (surf)
dimensions 65.5 x 6.3 x -- m
material steel
engine triple expansion engines, coal fired water-tube Reed boilers
armament 1 x 12 pdr gun, 5 x 6 pdr., 2 x 18" T.T
power 5900  h.p.
speed 30  knots
about the loss
cause lost foundered
date lost 26/09/1904  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
builder
Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
owner
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
captain
complement 63
about the wreck
depth (m.) 56 max. / 48 min. (m)
orientation 167°
protected
war grave
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 28/08/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 23/12/2009
 
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Lettens Jan23/12/2009HMS Chamois, a 30-knotter Star class destroyer of the British Navy, built in November 1896, foundered on 26 September 1904 after a mechanical failure caused a propeller blade to penetrate the hull plating.
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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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About Builders
 Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Original founders: Brothers Charles Mark and George Palmer from Jarrow, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. - - - Charles Palmer established a yard at Jarrow in 1851 and built its first iron collier 'The John Bowes' in the following year. It was the first ever sea-going screw collier and was built for shipping coal to London.
Palmers were also famed for building the first rolled armour plates for warships in 1854.


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