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DEFENDER

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Destroyer

Nickname

Ship Class

Acheron class

Grouping

1st Destroyer Flotilla

Command

Battle-Cruiser Fleet

Builder's Yard

William Denny & Brothers, DumbartonYard number 935

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Cost £83,000.

Date Laid Down

08.11.1910

Launch Date

31.08.1911

Completed date

Commission date

Year laid down

Year launched

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

H28 (from Dec 1914 to 1st Jan 1918)

Photo Details

"HMS Defender (1911)". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HMS_Defender_(1911).jpg#/media/File:HMS_Defender_(1911).jpg

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Sister ships

Eventual Fate

Scrapped 1921

Jutland result

Hit around 18:30 in the boiler room by a 12" shell. One man was killed, two wounded and her speed reduced to 15 kts. Defender towed the damaged HMS Onslow to Aberdeen on June 1st.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Lieutenant-Commander Lawrence R. Palmer (decorated with the DSO)

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

70

Officers

Ratings

Killed

1

Wounded

2

Prisoners

3

Displacement full Load (tons)

770

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

246'

Length (mtrs)

75

Beam (ft)

26'

Beam (mtrs)

7.8

Draught (ft)

8.9'

Draught (mtrs)

2.7

Max. Speed (knots)

27

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

3 shafts run by three Parsons turbines powered by 3 Yarrow oil-fired boilers. Rated at 13,500 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

Two BL 4" L/40 Mk VIII guns, mounting P Mk V and two QF 12 pdr. 12 cwt. Naval guns, mounting P Mk I

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

530 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources