HMS Thisbe (1917)

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HMS Thisbe at sea (15841029496).jpg
HMS Thisbe at sea in 1917
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Thisbe
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Hebburn
Yard number: 492
Laid down: June 1916
Launched: 8 March 1917
Commissioned: 6 June 1917
Fate: Delivered for breaking up 31 August 1936
General characteristics
Class and type: R-class destroyer
Displacement: 991 long tons (1,007 t) (normal) 1,052 long tons (1,069 t) full load
Length: 276 ft (84.1 m)
Draught: 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m)
  • 3 Yarrow boilers
  • 2 geared Parsons steam turbines, 27,000 shp (20,000 kW)
Speed: 36 knots (41.4 mph; 66.7 km/h)
Range: 3,440 nmi (6,370 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h)
Complement: 82

HMS Thisbe was an R-class destroyer which served with the Royal Navy. The ship served as part of the Harwich Force during World War I. She was launched on 8 March 1917 and sold to be broken up on 31 August 1936.[1]


Thisbe was 276 feet (84.12 m) long overall, with a beam of 26 feet 6 inches (8.08 m) and a draught of 9 feet (2.74 m).[2] Displacement was 991 long tons (1,007 t) normal and 1,052 long tons (1,069 t) deep load.[3] Power was provided by three Yarrow boilers feeding two Parsons geared steam turbines rated at 27,000 shaft horsepower (20,000 kW) and driving two shafts, to give a design speed of 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph).[4] Three funnels were fitted. 296 long tons (301 t) of oil were carried, giving a design range of 3,450 nautical miles (6,390 km; 3,970 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).[4] The ship had a complement of 82 officers and men.[2]


The ship was armed with three QF 4in Mk IV guns on the ship's centreline. One was mounted on the forecastle, one aft on a raised platform and one between the second and third funnels. A single 2-pounder (40 mm) pom-pom anti-aircraft gun was carried, while torpedo armament consisted of two twin mounts for 21 in (533 mm) torpedoes.[2] Fire control included a single Dumaresq and a Vickers range clock.[5]


Thisbe was one of twelve R-class destroyers ordered by the British Admiralty in March 1916 as part of the Eighth War Construction Programme. The ship was laid down by Hawthorn Leslie and Company in Hebburn during June 1916 with the yard number 492.[3] Launched in March 1917, the destroyer was completed in June 1917.[6]

On commissioning, Thisbe joined the 10th Destroyer Flotilla of the Harwich Force.[7] Thisbe remained part of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla at the end of the war,[8] but was reduced to the Reserve Complement at Nore on 24 February 1920.[9] The destroyer was given to Thos W Ward of Sheffield in 31 August 1936 in exchange for RMS Majestic and was subsequently scrapped.[6]

Pennant numbers[edit]

Pennant Number Date
F82 1917[10]
F75 1918[10]



  1. ^ "Admiralty R-class destroyers (1915-1917)". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Gardiner, Gray 1985, p. 81.
  3. ^ a b Robinson, Waller 2015.
  4. ^ a b Parkes, Prendegast 1919, p. 107.
  5. ^ Fire Control in H.M. Ships, p. 31.
  6. ^ a b Friedman 2009, p. 310.
  7. ^ The Navy List 1917, p. 13.
  8. ^ The Navy List 1918, p. 13.
  9. ^ The Navy List 1920, p. 873.
  10. ^ a b Dittmar, Colledge 1972, p. 70.