HMS Tigress (1911)

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HMS Tigress
HMS Tigress during World War I
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMS Tigress
Builder: R. W. Hawthorn Leslie & Company, Hebburn
Launched: 20 December 1911[1]
Fate: Sold 9 May 1921[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Acheron-class destroyer
Displacement: 770 tons
Length: 75 m (246 ft)
Beam: 7.8 m (26 ft)
Draught: 2.7 m (8.9 ft)
  • Three shaft Parsons Turbines
  • Three Yarrow boilers (oil fired)
  • 13,500 shp
Speed: 27 kn (50 km/h)
Complement: 72

HMS Tigress was an Acheron-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that served during World War I. She was built under the 1910–11 shipbuilding programme by R. W. Hawthorn Leslie & Company of Hebburn, was launched on 20 December 1911 and was sold for breaking on 9 May 1921.[1]

Pennant numbers[edit]

Pennant Number[2] From To
H92 6 December 1914 1 January 1918
H4A 1 January 1918 Early 1919
H61 Early 1919 9 May 1921

Operational history[edit]

HMS Tigress was assigned to the First Destroyer Flotilla, which became part of the Grand Fleet at the outbreak of World War I.

Battle of Dogger Bank[edit]

On 24 January 1915, she was present at the Battle of Dogger Bank with the First Destroyer Flotilla.

Mediterranean service[edit]

In late 1917 Tigress was sent to join the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla, operating in the Mediterranean.[3]

Pursuit of Goeben and Breslau[edit]

On 19 January 1918, the two German-Turkish ships SMS Breslau and Goeben passed through the Dardanelles to the Aegean. The two ships were shadowed by a Royal Navy flotilla that was stationed there to intercept them, of which Tigress was a part, along with HM Ships Raglan, M28, and Lizard. The German ships outgunned their opposition, sinking the two monitors, M28 and Raglan, but subsequently ran into a minefield. Breslau struck a mine and sank immediately, with the loss of 330 men. Goeben was damaged but managed to escape.

Entry of the Allied Fleet through the Dardanelles[edit]

Tigress was present at the entry of the Allied Fleet through the Dardanelles on 12 November 1918.[4] The Fleet sighted the minarets of Constantinople at 07:00 on 13 November and anchored an hour later. The destroyers maintained an anti-submarine patrol to the west of the anchored fleet.[4]


Tigress was sold on 9 May 1921 to Ward of Milford Haven, Wales[1] for breaking.


  1. ^ a b c d F. J. Ditmarr & J. J. Colledge. British Warships 1914-1919, p. 62.
  2. ^ ""Arrowsmith" List: Royal Navy WWI Destroyer Pendant Numbers". Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  3. ^ Dreadnought Project page on 5 D.F..
  4. ^ a b S E Brooks. "The Entry of the Allied Fleet through the Dardanelles". Oxford University. Retrieved 2009-11-11.