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SHARK

Fleet

Royal Navy

Ship Type

Destroyer

Nickname

Ship Class

Acasta class

Grouping

4th Destroyer Flotilla

Command

Grand Fleet

Builder's Yard

Swann, Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Wallsend.

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Date Laid Down

Launch Date

30.07.1912

Completed date

Commission date

Year laid down

Year launched

1912

Year completed

Commission Year

Pennant No

Photo Details

Photographer unknown, main editor of the volume: Major General CO Nordensvan. - Det Stora världskriget vol. II , p. 347. Printed in Stockholm. 1915 photo of HMS Shark of the Royal Navy, built in 1912. K-class torpedo boat destroyer (950 tons, 31-32 knots). Similar to the L-class of destroyers in appearance, main obvious difference the varying height of the funnels.

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Sister ships

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

Eventual Fate

Damaged by gunfire and torpedoed at Jutland

Jutland result

HMS Shark led attack on II German Scouting Group and received heavy gunfire which tore the forecastle gun off. Loftus Jones waived away the Acasta which had come to offer assistance. Jones and three other crew members continued firing the midship gun and engaged the German destroyer, V.48, which was eventually sunk. Jones was mortally wounded, his leg having been blown off. Later torpedoed by German torpedo boat S.54. Crew abandoned ship around 19:00 but Jones stayed with his ship. Seven crew members were later rescued by a Danish ship although one later died. Commander Loftus Jones received a posthumous Victoria Cross almost a year later, in March 1917, after his wife had organized the appeal with the Navy.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Commander Loftus W. Jones (posthumous V.C.)

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

80

Officers

Ratings

Killed

86

Wounded

3

Prisoners

Displacement full Load (tons)

1,042 full load

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

267' 6"

Length (mtrs)

81.53

Beam (ft)

27' 6"

Beam (mtrs)

8.1999999999999993

Draught (ft)

10' 6"

Draught (mtrs)

3.2

Max. Speed (knots)

29

Range (miles)

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Propulsion

Yarrow type water tube boilers, Parsons steam turbines

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" L / 40 Mk IV guns (101.6 mm) mounting P Mk. IX. 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

References & sources