HMS Skirmisher (1905)

Skirmisher, before the First World War. Photo in the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1903
Launched
1905
Commissioned
1907
Decommissioned
1920
AD/BC
AD
History

HMS Skirmisher was a Sentinel-class scout cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was designed to lead destroyer flotillas, but, like the Japanese Tenryƫ-class, was soon rendered too slow for the role, as destroyers became faster. Nevertheless, Skirmisher served with destroyer flotillas on patrol duty in home waters until 1916, when she was sent to the Mediterranean. She was reassigned to the Aegean in 1917, and remained with that Squadron until the end of the War. Skirmisher's best chance for action came in January, 1918, when the Ottomans sortied from the Dardanelles, but after striking mines, they retired before Skirmisher and her companions could engage. Returning home in 1919, she was placed in reserve, and sold for scrapping in March, 1920.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Despite the strong tradition of carrying on names in the Royal Navy, Skirmisher is the only British warship to have carried the name.