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Offline MartinR

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Re: HMS Acteon,Burntwick Island
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2021, 06:29:45 PM »
"Small" is a bit relative.  If she was built as a fourth rater she would be around 150' long by 40' beam weighing in at about 1,000 tons.  She would have mounted about 50 guns (±10) and would originally probably have been a fully rigged ship (ie three masts with square sails on each).  However, what state she was in as a tender is anyone's guess.  Rigs were often cut down and even the number of masts changed.  I've taken the dimensions from HMS Leopard of 1790 which was another fourth rater.

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Re: HMS Acteon,Burntwick Island
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2021, 05:31:46 PM »

Martin R, I have photo of HMS Vernon (the torpedo school tender) somewhere, a very small vessel. The torpedo school and gunnery school you mention wer at Portsmouth. Torpedoes were different in those days, charges lobbed at the side of a targeted ship. Until I find the photo, try googling. And if I may, look at this page:


https://sandowe.com/2017/11/29/sidney-sandoes-ships/

I had a quick look to see if Stuart had done one of his excellent pieces on her, but apparently not.  Next I looked in Wiki, and it appears that she was originally HMS Vernon before being renamed in 1886...... 

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Re: HMS Acteon,Burntwick Island
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2021, 06:36:50 PM »
I had a quick look to see if Stuart had done one of his excellent pieces on her, but apparently not.  Next I looked in Wiki, and it appears that she was originally HMS Vernon before being renamed in 1886.  All that Wiki has is:
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HMS Vernon was a 50-gun fourth rate launched in 1832.  She became tender to the Navy's gunnery school HMS Excellent, and then the torpedo school ship in 1876.  She was renamed HMS Actaeon in 1886 and sold in 1923.
So then I checked the forum for HMS Vernon, but again no luck I'm afraid.


Very kind words, thank you. There may well be a future article about this ship, she was built at the Woolwich Royal Dockyard, so she was one of 'ours'. A quick look has told me there isn't a lot of information out there about the ship. A very quick look, so a bit of digging might well reveal more. I'll look into it when I've finished the one I have in the works now.
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Re: HMS Acteon,Burntwick Island
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2021, 02:30:21 PM »
Fire on HMS Acteon, At Sheerness Dockyard yesterday an outbreak of fire occured on board the Torpedo School Ship HMS Acteon whichlies moored in Stangate Creek halfway between Chatham & Sheerness. The Tugs Diligent, Robust and Grinder along with the Firefloat Clinker were sent at full speed. Commander Dawson had the crew of the ship piped to Fire Quarters and prompt measures were taken. The outbreak occured midships on the starboard side. Fortunatley when the tugs arrived the fire had been got under


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Re: HMS Acteon,Burntwick Island
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2021, 12:39:44 PM »
I had a quick look to see if Stuart had done one of his excellent pieces on her, but apparently not.  Next I looked in Wiki, and it appears that she was originally HMS Vernon before being renamed in 1886.  All that Wiki has is:
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HMS Vernon was a 50-gun fourth rate launched in 1832.  She became tender to the Navy's gunnery school HMS Excellent, and then the torpedo school ship in 1876.  She was renamed HMS Actaeon in 1886 and sold in 1923.
So then I checked the forum for HMS Vernon, but again no luck I'm afraid.

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HMS Acteon,Burntwick Island
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2021, 10:45:50 AM »

An article I wrote some time ago for our Parish Magazine.

Busy time for the Vicar
         In the years preceding WW1 and during the War HMS Actaeon  served as a Torpedo School for the Royal Navy. Most literature shows HMS Actaeon as based at Sheerness. In fact she was Hulked at Burntwick Island . Victualed and administered under the Sheerness Command.
          Serving her training role HMS Actaeon  was host to numerous visiting Ships for Torpedo Training. Mainly these ships were Destroyers such as HMS Cygnet, Electra ,Kestrel,Saracen and Zephyr . Motor Torpedo Boats which weren’t named but numbered some such as  8,10, 12 ,79.114 ,204 . These vessels had their crews on board to complete the training.
    Burntwick Island , in those days was part of Upchurch Parish so the men on the ships were Parishioners. Between the years 1910 and 1916 lots of the sailors aboard the ships were intent on Marriage. As Parishioners their Banns of Marriage had to be read in the Parish on 3 consecutive Sundays .This must have imposed a huge burden on the Vicar conducting the services. Tedious and boring for the Congregation to have to listen to names of strangers.
Of all the Banns read over those years only 2 were for Upchurch ladies, followed by their Marriages at St Mary’s
]Arthur Lamb .RN to Emily Jane Hawkins. 1911
Frank Still  .RN  to Louisa Jane Robinson .1916
Both families bore children locally,
Winnie,William. John ,Herbert  to Arthur and Jane.
]Ivy, Olive and Percy to Frank and Louisa.
      Can’t help but wonder how many of their descendants could be reading this!