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BROKE

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Destroyer

Nickname

Ship Class

Faulknor class

Grouping

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

Command

Grand Fleet

Builder's Yard

J S White, Cowes, Isle of White

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

Launch Date

25.05.1914

Completed date

Commission date

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

Courtesy of the National Maritime Museum 3104. Seen in her Jutland configuration (Stern, “Destroyer Battles” p. 65).

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Eventual Fate

Sold back to the Chilean Navy in 1920. Scrapped 1933

Jutland result

23:15 three ships approaching the 12 ship line by Seaman Cox on HMS Garland. The identity wasn't known and when challenged the British ships were under heavy fire from SMS Stuttgart, Hamburg, Rostock and Elbing. SMS Nassau and Westfalen were behind and joined with their secondary armament. Tipperary, Spitfire, Garland, Contest and Broke all fired torpedoes. SMS Elbing was struck by a torpedo. Elbing was also rammed by SMS Posen. 02:00 Tipperary on fire. Spitfire had a ramming incident with SMS Nassau. Allen on HMS Broke took over command from Tipperary. She was caught in Westfalen's seachlights and raked with fire. Amongst the heavy casualties was the helmsman who slumped over the wheel and steered to port where she rammed HMS Sparrowhawk. After being rammed by Broke, Sparrowhawk was then rammed by HMS Contest. Around 01:30 Broke came across more German destroyers and was hit six times.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Commander Walter I,. Allen

Noteable Officers

Sub Lieutenant Percy Wood

Crew complement

197 - 205

Officers

Ratings

Killed

47

Wounded

36

Prisoners

83

Displacement full Load (tons)

1,850

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

331'

Length (mtrs)

101

Beam (ft)

32' 6"

Beam (mtrs)

9.91

Draught (ft)

11'

Draught (mtrs)

3.4

Max. Speed (knots)

32

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

403 tons coal, 83 tons oil

Propulsion

6 Forster-White water tube boilers, steam turbines running three shafts at rated 30,000 shp.

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

QF 4” (102 mm) Mk IV guns on a single mounting P Mk XI,

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

Stern: After the battle her two forecastle 4” guns (102 mm) were replaced with a single 6” gun (152 mm)

Torpedo Type IN

21"

No. tubes

2

Torpedo Type MM

530 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

Two double tube mounts

References & sources