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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

ACORN destroyers (1910-1912)

Acorn 1911

Name

No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Cameleon H21, H24 Fairfield, Govan 12/1909 2/6/1910 12/1910 sold 12/1921
Comet H25 Fairfield, Govan 2/1910 23/6/1910 1/1911 sunk 6/8/1918
Redpole H77, H96 White, Cowes 12/1909 24/6/1910 2/1911 sold 5/1921
Acorn H02, H03 John Brown, Clydebank 2/1910 1/7/1910 11/1910 sold 11/1921
Goldfinch H44 Fairfield, Govan 2/1910 12/7/1910 2/1911 wrecked 19/2/1915
Nemesis H72, H88 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 11/1909 9/8/1910 3/1911 to Japan 6/1917-1919 (Kanran), sold 11/1921
Rifleman H82, H97 White, Cowes 12/1909 22/8/1910 3/1911 sold 5/1921
Larne H57, H50 Thornycroft, Woolston 12/1909 23/8/1910 2/1911 sold 5/1921
Alarm H05, H04 John Brown, Clydebank 2/1910 29/8/1910 3/1911 sold 5/1921
Hope H48, H41 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 12/1909 6/9/1910 3/1911 sold 2/1920
Nereide H74, H89 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 12/1909 6/9/1910 4/1911 sold 12/1921
Brisk H18, H70, H22 John Brown, Clydebank 2/1910 20/9/1910 6/1911 sold 11/1921
Lyra H60, H67 Thornycroft, Woolston 12/1909 4/10/1910 2/1911 sold 5/1921
Staunch H89, H2A Denny, Dumbarton 1/1910 29/10/1910 3/1911 sunk 11/11/1917
Ruby H85, H98 White, Cowes 2/1910 4/11/1910 4/1911 sold 5/1921
Martin H65, H71 Thornycroft, Woolston 12/1909 15/12/1910 3/1911 sold 8/1920
Sheldrake H88, H0A Denny, Dumbarton 1/1910 18/1/1911 5/1911 sold 5/1921
Nymphe H83, D25 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 12/1909 31/1/1911 5/1911 sold 5/1921
Minstrel H69, H82 Thornycroft, Woolston 3/1910 2/2/1911 5/1911 to Japan 6/1917-1919 (Sendan), sold 12/1921
Fury H42, H35 Inglis, Pointhouse 3/1910 25/4/1911 2/1912 sold 11/1921

 

Displacement normal, t

772

Displacement full, t

970

Length, m

75.0

Breadth, m

7.70 - 7.76

Draught, m

2.59 deep

No of shafts

3

Brisk: 2

Machinery

Cameleon, Comet, Acorn, Goldfinch, Nemesis, Larne, Alarm, Hope, Nereide, Lyra, Staunch, Martin, Sheldrake, Nymphe, Minstrel, Fury: Parsons steam turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers

Redpole, Rifleman, Ruby: Parsons steam turbines, 4 White-Forster boilers

Brisk: Brown-Curtis steam turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

13500

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

oil 170

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

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

Complement

72

Ship project history: For the 1909-10 Programme there was a reversion to oil fuel, but speed was to be the same as the Beagles. For the first lime a standard Admiralty design was the basis, enabling a larger number of firms to tender for contracts. The original design had three short funnels to reduce the silhouette but the fore funnel was raised during building; the armament was also increased from 3/4 12 pdr to 2 102mm, one forward and one aft, with 12pdrs p&s at the break of the forecastle. The design was approved in July 1909.

Modernizations: 1917-1918, all survived: + 1 x 1 - 47/50 3pdr Vickers Mk I, 1 DCT

Naval service: Comet was torpedoed by German submarine UC38 off Syrian coast 6/8/1918. Goldfinch wrecked 19/2/1915 in the Orkneys. Staunch was sunk by German submarine UC38 off Gaza (Palestine) 11/11/1917. Minstrel and Nemesis served on loan to Japan in the Mediterranean in 1917-1919.

Sheldrake 1910s

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14