HMS Tyne (1878)

HMS Tyne was a store-ship of the Royal Navy. The ship was launched on 19 January 1878 at Armstrong Mitchell's Low Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne shipyard as the mercantile Mariotis. She was purchased for the Royal Navy on 8 March 1878.[1][2] Commanded by Commander John Edward Stokes on 12 March 1879.

United Kingdom
Name: HMS Tyne
Launched: 19 January 1878
Fate: Foundered 16 November 1920
General characteristics
Class and type: mercantile, Storeship
Length: 320 ft (97.5 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10.4 m)
Draught: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
Propulsion: Screw
Armament: Gundeck: 2 guns

On 31 August 1880 the Tyne is shown delivering personnel to HMS London in Zanzibar. In May 1902 she was at Malta, on her way to the China station with a new crew for HMS Hermione.[3]

In February 1913, Tyne was serving as one of two depot ships for the 8th Patrol Flotilla, based on the Nore, which was equipped with 23 torpedo boats,[4][5] and remained as depot ship to the 8th Flotilla in July 1914.[6]

On 16 November 1920 Tyne sprang a leak and sank in the River Medway at Chatham, Kent, while awaiting sale.[7]


  1. Dittmar and Colledge 1971, p. 292.
  2. "NMM, vessel ID 377989" (PDF). Warship Histories, vol iv. National Maritime Museum. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  3. "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36756). London. 1 May 1902. p. 6.
  4. "Fleets and Squadrons in Commission at Home and Abroad: Patrol Flotillas". The Monthly Naval List: 269d. March 1913. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  5. Manning 1961, p. 25.
  6. "Fleets and Squadrons in Commission at Home and Abroad: Torpedo Craft and Submarines at Home Ports". The Naval List: 269c. August 1914. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  7. "Old warship sunk". The Times (42570). London. 17 November 1920. col D, p. 9.
  • Dittmar, F. J.; Colledge, J. J. (1972). British Warships 1914–1919. Shepperton, UK: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0380-7.
  • Manning, T. D. (1961). The British Destroyer. London: Putnam & Co. Ltd.
  • "Mid-Victorian RN vessel HMS Tyne". Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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