Yarrow Later M-class destroyer

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Class overview
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Yarrow M class destroyer
Built: 1915–1917
In commission: 1916–1938
Completed: 7
Lost: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 897 long tons (911 t) light
930 long tons (945 t) normal
Length: 273 ft 6 in (83.36 m)
Beam: 25 ft 7.5 in (7.81 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Propulsion: 3 × Yarrow-type boilers
Parsons direct-drive steam turbines
27,000 hp (20,134 kW)
2 shafts
200-256 tons oil
Speed: 36 knots (41 mph; 67 km/h)
Complement: 82
Armament: • 3 × QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mark IV guns, mounting P Mk.IX
• 1 × single QF 2 pdr "pom-pom" Mk.II
• 2 × twin 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

The Yarrow Later M class were a class of seven destroyers built for the Royal Navy that saw service during World War I. They were based on the preceding and successful Yarrow M class with minor alterations; notably reduced beam to compensate for increased displacement and a sloping stern. They were sometimes described as the Yarrow R class of destroyers.

Ships[edit]

Four vessels were ordered in July 1915:

  • Sabrina - Laid down August 1915, launched 24 July 1916, completed September 1916. Sold for breaking up 5 November 1926.
  • Strongbow - Launched 30 September 1916 and completed late 1916. Sunk by gunfire from German cruisers Bremse and Brummer off Norway, 17 October 1917.
  • Surprise - Launched 25 November 1916 and completed 1916, torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat off Maas light ship on night of 22 December/23 December 1917.
  • Sybille - Laid down August 1915, launched 5 February 1917, completed February 1917. Sold for breaking up 5 November 1926.

Three vessels were ordered in March 1916:

  • Truculent - Laid down March 1916, launched 24 March 1917, completed May 1917. Sold for breaking up 29 April 1927.
  • Tyrant - Laid down March 1916, launched 19 May 1917, completed July 1917. Sold for breaking up April 1938.
  • Ulleswater - Launched 4 August 1917 and completed 1917, torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat UC-17 off Dutch coast 15 August 1918.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Destroyers of the Royal Navy, 1893-1981, Maurice Cocker, 1983, Ian Allan ISBN 0-7110-1075-7
  • Jane's Fighting Ships, 1919, Jane's Publishing