Seafire circa 1918
|Builder:||John Brown & Company, Clydebank|
|Launched:||10 August 1918|
|Identification:||Pennant number: G68|
|Fate:||Handed over for scrapping, 14 September 1936|
|Class and type:||S-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||1,075 long tons (1,092 t)|
|Length:||276 ft (84 m) o/a|
|Beam:||26 ft 8 in (8.13 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 Shafts; 2 steam turbines|
|Speed:||36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)|
|Range:||2,750 nmi (5,090 km; 3,160 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
The S-class destroyers were improved versions of the preceding Modified R class. They displaced 1,075 long tons (1,092 t). The ships had an overall length of 276 feet (84.1 m), a beam of 26 feet 8 inches (8.1 m) and a draught of 9 feet (2.7 m). They were powered by two Brown-Curtis geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by two Yarrow boilers. The turbines developed a total of 27,000 shaft horsepower (20,000 kW) and gave a maximum speed of 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph). The ships carried a maximum of 301 long tons (306 t) of fuel oil that gave them a range of 2,750 nautical miles (5,090 km; 3,160 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph). The ships' complement was 90 officers and ratings.
Seafire was armed with three QF 4-inch (102 mm) Mark IV guns in single mounts and a single 2-pounder (40 mm) "pom-pom" anti-aircraft gun. The ship was fitted with two twin mounts for 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes. Two additional single mounts were positioned abreast the bridge at the break of the forecastle for 18-inch (45 cm) torpedoes. All torpedo tubes were above water and traversed to fire.
Construction and career
Seafire was ordered as part of the second batch of the S class and was built by John Brown & Company, Clydebank and launched on 10 August 1918. She saw service during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. She was one of the obsolete destroyers handed over to the shipbreakers Ward in part-payment for RMS Majestic on 14 September 1936, and was then broken up at Inverkeithing.
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