Halcyon II

22nd October 2008, 10:22
Hi,This is my first time using this site...Does anyone have any information on Halcyon II, it was a ship my grandad served on in 1918 (I think)not sure but may have been a minesweeper.That's all I know,any photo's,information would be great.Thanks.

22nd October 2008, 11:33
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

22nd October 2008, 15:33
Greetings Slicer and welcome to SN. No doubt one of our learned colleagues will come up with an answer, they usually do. Bon voyage.

22nd October 2008, 17:07

A warm welcome to the site from the Isle of Anglesey!
I hope you thoroughly enjoy the SN experience and get many happy hours entertainment from your membership. (Thumb)

22nd October 2008, 17:32
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

bert thompson
22nd October 2008, 18:11
Welcome Slicer to this wonderful addictive site
Best wishes

Bruce Carson
22nd October 2008, 18:26
Slicer, from Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia.
Good to have you onboard.
A few details on the minesweeper may be found here:
There are various Halcyons on Photoship and one may be of your particular ship.


22nd October 2008, 22:42
Thanks for the info. Will check it out.


23rd October 2008, 00:44
Welcome from Lancashire.
I hope you will enjoy the site.

Steve Woodward
23rd October 2008, 02:01
welcome to SN from Suffolk, enjoy your time with us - Steve

If you Grandfather sailed on the second HMS Halcyon he would be gertting on a bit as she was a sloop that was built in 1813 and sank a year later.
I think the ship you want is the third HMS Halcyon, lead ship of five Halcyon class Torpedo-gunboats ( a sort of small cruiser) she was built by Devonport dockyard in 1894-5
L 250' B30'06" Draft 13 feet disp 1,070 tons
Twin screw, triple expansion steam engines, 19 knots, crew circa 120 men
Armament : two single 4.7" guns one fwd one aft, four 6 pounder guns, two on either beam, five torpedo tubes - either 14" or 18"
she remained in service until November 1919 when she was scrapped at Dover.

The fourth Halcyon, the lead ship in a class of minsweepers was not built until 1933

For a picture of Halcyon CLICK HERE (http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/r_n_gunboats.htm) and scroll down ( its a long page) looking for the Dryad or Halcyon class gunboats

24th October 2008, 09:36
Thanks Steve,
Have since found out Grandad left the Halcoyn in July 1919,so that must be photo of his ship. He then served on HMS Satallite,no info at all on this ship,he then left the Navy in 1922.

Steve Woodward
24th October 2008, 18:20
Satellite was assigned to no less than eight ships but the one that concerns you is the sixth, HMS Satellite the sixth was a real piece of RN history, she was the lead ship in a class of seven composite sloops - metal framing wood hull, although designed as sloops they were completed as Corvettes, the class comprised Satellite, Caroline, Heroine, Hyacinth, Rapid, Royalist and Pylades.
Satellite being built at Sheerness Royal Dockyard 1880-2

Being away from my ref library I dont have full details just brief notes : she was some 200 feet long by 38 in the beam displaced about 1,500 tons and was armed with two 6", and ten 5"
In 1904 she became a drill ship for the RNVR and lasted in this role until 1947 when she was scrapped
When I return home I will look her up and post full details