The Bell From The River Class Destroyer H.M.S. Boyn
THE BELL FROM THE RIVER CLASS DESTROYER H.M.S. BOYNE, 1905
with moulded rim and shoulder, inscribed in black-filled lettering as per title -- 12½in. (32cm.) high; associated clapper and knot-work pull
Ordered from Hawthorn Leslie under the 1903-4 programme, Boyne was laid down in February 1904, launched that September and completed in May 1905. Displacing 545 tons and measuring 222 x 23½ feet, she was initially armed with five 6-pounders, but from 1907 that became four 12-pounders and two torpedo tubes. Surviving the Great War, she was sold for breaking in August 1919, but seems to have been sunk as a target. This bell was recovered from the wreck in 1988 and a letter from the Ministry of Defence accompanies it, confirming rights to the vendor.