HMS Halcyon (1894)

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HMS Halcyon
HMS Halcyon
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Halcyon
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Laid down: 2 January 1893[1]
Launched: 6 April 1894
Commissioned: 16 May 1895[1]
Fate: Sold for breaking on 6 November 1919
General characteristics
Class and type: Dryad-class torpedo gunboat
Displacement: 1070 tons[2]
Length: 262 ft 6 in (80.01 m)
Beam: 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
Draught: 13 ft (4.0 m)[1]
Installed power: 6,000 ihp (4,500 kW)
  • Twin 3-cylinder vertical triple-expansion steam engines
  • Locomotive boilers
  • Twin screws[1]
Speed: 19 kn (35 km/h)
Complement: 120
Armament: On conversion to a minesweeper in 1914 two torpedo tubes were removed

The third HMS Halcyon was a Dryad-class torpedo gunboat[1] of the Royal Navy. She was launched in 1894 and was put up for sale before World War I. She was recommissioned in 1913, was converted to a minesweeper and served under the orders of the Admiral Commanding Coast Guard and Reserves. She was sold for breaking in 1919.


Ordered under the Naval Defence Act of 1889, which established the "Two-Power Standard", the class was contemporary with the first Torpedo Boat Destroyers. With a length overall of 262 ft 6 in (80.01 m),[1] a beam of 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)[1] and a displacement of 1,070 tons,[1] these torpedo gunboats were not small ships by the standard of the time; they were larger than the majority of World War I destroyers. Halcyon was engined by Hawthorn Leslie and Company[1] with two sets of vertical triple-expansion steam engines, two locomotive-type boilers, and twin screws. Halcyon produced 6,000 indicated horsepower (4,500 kW),[1] nearly twice the power of the rest of her class. She was capable of 19 knots (35 km/h).[3] She carried between 100 and 160 tons of coal and was manned by 120 sailors and officers.[1]


The armament when built comprised two QF 4.7-inch (12 cm) guns, four 6-pdr guns and a single 5-barrelled Nordenfelt machine gun. Her primary weapon was five 18-inch (460 mm) torpedoes, with two reloads.[1] On conversion to a minesweeper in 1914 two of the five torpedoes were removed.[1]


Halcyon was laid down at Devonport Dockyard on 2 January 1893[1] and launched on 6 April 1894.[2]


Naval Review of 1897

On 26 June 1897 Halcyon was present at the Fleet Review at Spithead in celebration of Queen Vicoria's Diamond Jubilee.[3]

Pre-war service

Although being offered for sale,[3] she was recommissioned at Sheerness on 5 July 1913.[3]

World War I service

In August 1914 she became the ship of the Senior Naval Officer North Sea Fisheries, serving under the orders of the Admiral Commanding Coast Guard and Reserves.[3]


She was sold to J H Lee of Dover for breaking on 6 November 1919.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Winfield, Rif; Lyon, David (2003). The Sail and Steam Navy List, 1815-1889. Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1861760326. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Times (London), Saturday, 7 April 1894, p.12
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "HMS Halcyon at". Retrieved 2009-02-24.