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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

ACHERON destroyers (1910-1916)

Goshawk 1912

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Admiralty design
Ferret H35, H32, F93 White, Cowes 9/1910 12/4/1911 10/1911 sold 5/1921
Forester H39, H34 White, Cowes 9/1910 1/6/1911 1/1912 sold 11/121
Sandfly H87, H99, F95 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 8/1910 26/7/1911 12/1911 sold 5/1921
Hind H47, H40 John Brown, Clydebank 2/1911 28/7/1911 11/1911 sold 5/1921
Lapwing H56, H48 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 2/1911 29/7/1911 4/1912 BU 10/1921
Defender H28, H29 Denny, Dumbarton 11/1910 30/8/1911 1/1912 sold 11/1921
Jackal H55, H44 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 10/1910 9/9/1911 1/1912 BU 9/1920
Phoenix H75, H94 Vickers, Barrow 1/1911 9/10/1911 5/1912 sunk 14/5/1918
Lizard H58, H60 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 2/1911 10/10/1911 6/1912 sold 11/1921
Goshawk H45, H37 Beardmore, Dalmuir 1/1911 18/10/1911 5/1912 sold 11/1921
Druid H33, H30 Denny, Dumbarton 11/1910 4/12/1911 3/1912 sold 5/1921
Hornet H49, H42 John Brown, Clydebank 1/1911 20/12/1911 3/1912 sold 5/1921
Tigress H92, H4A Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 2/1911 20/12/1911 3/1912 sold 5/1921
Hydra H50, H43 John Brown, Clydebank 2/1911 19/2/1912 4/1912 sold 5/1921
Yarrow specials
Archer H10, H29, H06 Yarrow, Scotstoun 9/1910 21/10/1911 3/1912 sold 5/1921
Attack H14, H86, H08 Yarrow, Scotstoun 9/1910 12/12/1911 5/1912 sunk 30/12/1917
Thornycroft specials
Acheron H00, H02 Thornycroft, Woolston 9/1910 26/7/1911 10/1911 sold 5/1921
Ariel H11, H37, H07 Thornycroft, Woolston 10/1910 26/9/1911 3/1912 sunk 2/8/1918
Parsons specials
Badger H15, H52, H09 Denny, Dumbarton 10/1910 11/7/1911 8/1912 sold 5/1921
Beaver H17, H66, H20 Denny, Dumbarton 10/1910 6/10/1911 11/1912 sold 5/1921
Yarrow specials, Firedrake group
Firedrake H97, H33 Yarrow, Scotstoun 7/1911 9/4/1912 9/1912 BU 10/1921
Lurcher H01, H65 Yarrow, Scotstoun 7/1911 1/6/1912 10/1912 BU 6/1922
Oak H12, H38, H92 Yarrow, Scotstoun 7/1911 5/9/1912 11/1912 BU 5/1921
Australian type
Parramatta (RAN)   Fairfield, Govan 1909 9/2/1910 8/1910 BU 1929
Yarra (RAN)   Denny, Dumbarton 1909 8/4/1910 9/1910 BU 1929
Warrego (RAN)   Fairfield, Govan / Cockatoo DYd, Australia 7/1910 4/4/1911 6/1912 hulk 1929
Huon (RAN) (ex-Derwent)   Cockatoo DYd, Australia 1/1913 19/12/1914 12/1915 sunk as target 9/4/1930
Torrens (RAN)   Cockatoo DYd, Australia 1914 28/8/1915 7/1916 sunk as target 24/11/1930
Swan (RAN)   Cockatoo DYd, Australia 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

Badger, Beaver: Parsons semi-geared steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Ferret, Forester: Parsons steam turbines, 3 White-Forster boilers

Power, h. p.

13500

Archer, Attack: 16000

Acheron, Ariel: 15500

Firedrake, Lurcher, Oak: 20000

Max speed, kts

27

Archer, Attack: 28

Acheron, Ariel: 29

Firedrake, Lurcher, Oak: 32

Fuel, t

oil 178

Endurance, nm(kts) 2300(13)

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/40 BL Mk VIII, 2 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 2 x 1 - 533 TT

Australian type: 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: 1917, Ariel, Ferret, Sandfly: were converted to minelayers: - 1 x 1 - 102/40, 1 x 1 - 533 TT; + rails for 40 mines

Naval service: Attack was torpedoed or mined 30/12/1917 by German submarine UC34 off Alexandria, Ariel was stricken by German mine in North sea 2/8/1918, Phoenix was torpedoed by Austro-Hungarian submarine U27 in Adriatic sea 14/5/1918.

Huon

Oak

Jackal

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14