HMS Ardent (1913)

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Coordinates: 56°42′N 5°52′E / 56.700°N 5.867°E / 56.700; 5.867

HMS Ardent
HMS Ardent
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Ardent
Builder: William Denny & Brothers Limited, Dumbarton
Launched: 8 September 1913
Fate: Sunk at Battle of Jutland on 1 June 1916
General characteristics
Class and type: Acasta-class destroyer
Displacement: 935 tons
Length: 267 ft 6 in (81.53 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Installed power: 24,500 ihp (18,300 kW)
  • Yarrow-type water-tube boilers
  • Parsons steam turbines
Speed: 29 kn (54 km/h; 33 mph)
Complement: 75

HMS Ardent was an Acasta-class destroyer and the seventh Royal Navy ship to bear the name. She was launched in 1913 and was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Construction and career[edit]

HMS Ardent was built using longitudinal framing rather than conventional transverse framing. She was laid down under the 1911–1912 construction programme by William Denny & Brothers Limited and launched on 8 September 1913.[1] She was temporarily renamed HMS Kenric in October 1913, but this was reverted shortly afterwards.[1]

She joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla on completion and served with the Grand Fleet on the outbreak of the First World War.


She was sunk on 1 June 1916 during the Battle of Jutland by secondary fire from the German dreadnought SMS Westfalen.[2] Seventy-eight men went down with the ship, there were only 2 survivors.[3]

The wrecksite is designated as a protected place[4] under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

Pennant numbers[edit]

Pennant Number[1] From To
H78 6 December 1914   1 June 1916