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ACASTA

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Destroyer

Nickname

Ship Class

Acasta class (K)

Grouping

4th Destroyer Flotilla (leader, HMS Tipperary, Captain C.J.Wintour)

Command

Grand Fleet

Builder's Yard

John Brown, Clydebank

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Originally designed as a K-class destroyer. Refitted June 1916.

Date Laid Down

01.12.1911

Launch Date

10.09.1912

Completed date

Commission date

Year laid down

1911

Year launched

1912

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

G40, H59 (1914) and H00 (1918)

Photo Details

IWM_Q_020904.Public Domain. See also Copyright and Crown copyright artistic works. Engineer Lieutenant James Forrest. Acasta was able to effect some emergency repairs during the next six hours, but broke down again and was eventually taken in tow by HMS Nonsuch and reached Aberdeen two days after the battle, so badly damaged she practically had to be rebuilt.[

Related stories

HMS Acasta features in the Whyllie painting depictng HMS Iron Duke at Jutland opening fire on SMS König.

Sister ships

Achates, Ambuscade, Christopher, Contest, Fortune, Garland, Hardy, Midge, Owl, Porpoise, Shark, Sparrowhawk, Spitfire, Unity

Eventual Fate

Broken up 1921

Jutland result

Assigned to cover the 3rd BCS screening HMS Chester. She became disabled and refused help from HMS Shark. She'd been hit twice by Derfflinger.Between 18:44 and 18:47 Grand Fleet passed by. Sailors on deck of the Iron Duke cheered as they passed. Over the next six hours she was able to get some of the major repairs done. She broke down again and was eventually taken in tow by HMS Nonsuch and reached Aberdeen two days after the battle. Apparently she was so badly damaged she practically had to be rebuilt.

Ready for action after dock repairs

02.08.1916

Commander

Lieutenant-Commander John O. Barron

Noteable Officers

Fatalities included Engineer Lieutenant James Forrest, Chief Petty Officer Stoker Richard Massey, buried Anns Hill, Gosport, Chief Stoker G Howe, Engine Room Artificer James Bailey, buried Horsham, Stoker 1 Thomas William Nickless, Signalman Thomas Jordan, buried Craigton Cemetery, Glasgow.

Crew complement

77

Officers

Ratings

Killed

6

Wounded

1

Prisoners

7

Displacement full Load (tons)

984

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

267' 6"

Length (mtrs)

81.53

Beam (ft)

29' 9"

Beam (mtrs)

8.15

Draught (ft)

9' 6"

Draught (mtrs)

2.9

Max. Speed (knots)

32

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

2 shaft Brown Curtiss steam turbines. Yarrow water tube boilers, giving 24,500 ihp

Armour Main Belt

Deck Armour

Turret Armour IN CM

Conning Tower Armour

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

No. Primary Turrets

Guns (No.barrels)

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

Primary Broadside Weight

Secondary Gun Calibre

Guns (No.barrels) 2

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Three QF 4" Mk IV guns (101.6 mm), One QF 2 pdr Pom Pom Mk II gun

Elevation (degrees)

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

21"

No. tubes

2

Torpedo Type MM

533 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

single mounts

References & sources