HMS Hydra (1912)
HMS Hydra during World War I
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Builder:||John Brown & Company, Clydebank|
|Launched:||19 February 1912|
|Fate:||Sold 9 May 1921|
|Class & type:||Acheron-class destroyer|
|Length:||75 m (246 ft)|
|Beam:||7.8 m (26 ft)|
|Draught:||2.7 m (8.9 ft)|
|Installed power:||13,500 shp (10,100 kW)|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h)|
|H50||6 December 1914||1 January 1918|
|H43||1 January 1918||Early 1919|
|H94||Early 1919||9 May 1921|
She was built by John Brown & Company, Clydebank to an Admiralty design, under the 1910–11 programme. She (and her sisters Hind and Hornet) differed from the standard Admiralty I-class destroyer in only having two shafts instead of three. They had two Brown-Curtis type turbines, and twin boilers. Capable of 28 knots (52 km/h), she carried two 4-inch (100 mm) guns, other smaller guns and two 21-inch (530 mm) torpedo tubes and had a complement of 72 men. She was launched on 19 February 1912.
The Battle of Dogger Bank
The Battle of Jutland
Collision with a merchant vessel
She was in collision with a merchant ship on the night of 11 February 1917 in the English Channel. The captain of Hydra was held liable for the collision because, although the other ship showed him a light, he did not perceive that it was on a crossing course.
From 1917 the Third Battle Squadron was deployed to the Mediterranean. Hydra was present at the entry of the Allied Fleet through the Dardanelles on 12 November 1918.
Decommissioning and fate
- "HMS Hydra at the Clyde-built database". Retrieved 2009-02-27.
- "Arrowsmith List: Royal Navy WWI Destroyer Pendant Numbers". Retrieved 2008-07-01.
- "I-class destroyers (extract from Jane's Fighting Ships of 1919)". Retrieved 2008-10-19.
- "Battle of Dogger Bank - Order of Battle (World War 1 Naval Combat website)". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Battle of Jutland - Order of Battle (World War 1 Naval Combat website)". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "HMS Hydra at Battleships-Cruisers website". Retrieved 2009-02-27.
- "Combat Immunity and the Duty of Care - James Rowley judgement (extract)". Retrieved 2009-02-27.
- S E Brooks. "The Entry of the Allied Fleet through the Dardanelles". Oxford University. Retrieved 2009-11-11.