The HMS Pioneer & HMS Orwell Disaster.
HMS Orwell; British Torpedo Boat Destroyer, built 1898 at Cammell
380 tons, maximum draught 11 feet, 6,300 indicated horse power, 30
knots with triple expansion engines.
Fit with one 12 pounder gun, five 6 pounder guns and two torpedo
On the night of January 30th 1903, when the light forces of the
Mediterranean Fleet were engaged in training exercises off the coast
Corfu, the light cruiser "Pioneer" (2,200 tons) collided with the
Destroyer "Orwell" slicing off the Orwell's bows to the bridge. The
bow section sank immediately - the stern section eventually sank in
shallow water. 15 men of the crew of 60 drowned in the accident. The
Orwell was later raised by the Admiralty and a new forepart