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PARRAMATTA destroyers (1910-1916)

nearly sister-ship Goshawk 1912

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Parramatta   Fairfield, Govan, UK 1909 9/2/1910 8/1910 BU 1929
Yarra   Denny, Dumbarton, UK 1909 8/4/1910 9/1910 BU 1929
Warrego   Fairfield, Govan, UK / Cockatoo DYd 7/1910 4/4/1911 6/1912 hulk 1929
Huon (ex-Derwent)   Cockatoo DYd 1/1913 19/12/1914 12/1915 sunk as target 9/4/1930
Torrens   Cockatoo DYd 1914 28/8/1915 7/1916 sunk as target 24/11/1930
Swan   Cockatoo DYd 1914 11/12/1915 8/1916 BU 9/1929

 

Displacement normal, t

778

Displacement full, t

990

Length, m

75.0

Breadth, m

7.80

Draught, m

2.70

No of shafts

3

Machinery

Parsons steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

13500

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

oil 178

Endurance, nm(kts) 2300(13)

Armament

1 x 1 - 102/40 BL Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 3 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement

70

Ship project history: The 20 destroyers in the 1910-11 Programme were to be repeats of the Acorns, but 6 'specials' were included to give the specialist firms a chance to improve performance. To try to match the latest German destroyers Yarrow's were given an order for 3 more, with a free hand to increase length and power. They were very similar to the standard boats but had more rake to the funnels and masts. The layout was identical to the Acorns but had two level-topped funnels. Although the fore funnel was set back from the bridge it was still too short to avoid smoking out the compass platform, and the standard boats had the fore funnel raised from September 1916. The RAN ordered 3 more Yarrow 'specials', but the design was modified by Sir John Biles. They were built by other yards to the modified design, and sections for a fourth was shipped out to Australia for assembly, and two more were built locally. They resembled the standard design but had two raked funnels. All the RN boats were redesignated the 'I' class in October 1913.
The design was submitted for approval in May 1910

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Huon

Ivan Gogin, 2015