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Built in 1895, Launched 1896. Commissioned 12 May 1915. H.M.S. Hector served as a kite balloon ship in the Royal Navy from 12 May 1915 until 24 May 1916. Served in the Eastern Mediterranean in 1915 and 1916. After her decommissioning, she served as a hired troop ship and store carrier until the end of the war.