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BEAGLE destroyers (16, 1910-1911)


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Scourge 1910 trials

Ships


Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Beagle HC5   John Brown, Clydebank 3/1909 16/10/1909 4/1910 sold for BU 11/1921
Bulldog HC7, HC4   John Brown, Clydebank 3/1909 13/11/1909 7/1910 sold for BU 9/1920
Grasshopper H17, H60   Fairfield, Govan 4/1909 23/11/1909 7/1910 sold for BU 11/1921
Harpy D88, H19, H71   White, Cowes 4/1909 27/11/1909 7/1910 sold for BU 11/1921
Renard H99 691 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 4/1909 30/11/1909 9/1910 sold for BU 8/1920
Foxhound H16, H58   John Brown, Clydebank 4/1909 11/12/1909 5/1910 sold for BU 11/1921
Wolverine H18 692 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 4/1909 15/1/1910 9/1910 collision 12/12/1917
Mosquito HA3   Fairfield, Govan 4/1909 27/1/1910 8/1910 sold for BU 8/1920
Basilisk D89, HC8   White, Cowes 5/1909 9/2/1910 9/1910 sold for BU 11/1921
Scourge D96, H8A   Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 3/1909 11/2/1910 8/1910 sold for BU 5/1921
Racoon HA7 693 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 5/1909 15/2/1910 10/1910 wrecked 9/1/1918
Scorpion D90, HC3   Fairfield, Govan 5/1909 19/2/1910 8/1910 sold for BU 10/1921
Savage D92, HA9   Thornycroft, Woolston 3/1909 10/3/1910 8/1910 sold for BU 5/1921
Rattlesnake D94, HC7   London & Glasgow Co, Govan 4/1909 14/3/1910 8/1910 sold for BU 5/1921
Pincher D87, HC2   Denny, Dumbarton 5/1909 15/3/1910 9/1910 wrecked 24/7/1918
Nautilus, 12/1913- Grampus H07, H38, HA7   Thames Iron Works, Blackwall 4/1909 30/3/1910 9/1911 sold for BU 9/1920


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

945 average

Displacement full, t~1100
Length, m

80.4 - 83.8 pp

Breadth, m

8.19 - 8.56

Draught, m

2.59 average

No of shafts

3

Machinery

3 Parsons steam turbines, 5 Yarrow boilers

Basilisk, Harpy: 3 Parsons steam turbines, 5 White-Forster boilers

Power, h. p.

14300

Max speed, kts

27

Fuel, t

coal 205 - 236

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

1 x 1 - 102/40 BL Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I, 2 x 1 - 533 TT (4)

Complement

96



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<i>Basilisk</i>
Basilisk
<i>Beagle </i> 1910 (A.Dashyan)
Beagle 1910 (A.Dashyan)
<i> Pincher</i>  
Pincher  
<i>Scourge</i> 1910 trials
Scourge 1910 trials


Ship project history


For the destroyers of the 1908-09 Programme the Admiralty decided against a repetition of the 'Tribals', partly because of their excessive cost but also because of their frailty. There was also a strong feeling against using oil fuel, which was then difficult to obtain. These arguments were reinformed by a report that a new German destroyer G137 had reached a mean speed of just over 33kts on a displacement of 372t for 4 hours. Understandably there was consternation at a coal-burner achieving the same speed as the oil-burning 'Tribals'. A sketch design was prepared in June 1908, but oil fuel was immediately deleted, and the final design was approved the following month. After orders had been placed a 102mm Mk.VIII was substituted for the 2 12pdr/12cwt mounted side-by-side on the forecastle. The new RGF Mk.VIII 533mm torpedo with the Hardcastle heater was adopted in this class. It ran at 50kts for 900m or 10,900m at 30kts. A major improvement was the siting of the forecastle gun on a raised platform, but the after TT was frequently unusable right aft over the rudder (during the war it was replaced by a 47mm AA gun in some boats). Like the 'Rivers' the Beagles sacrificed nominal speed for a more realistic sea speed. In trials against the 'Tribals' they repeatedly showed superior endurance. Designated the 'G' class from October 1913.

Modernizations


1915-1917, Beagle, Bulldog, Harpy, Foxhound, Basilisk, Scourge, Rattlesnake, Grampus, Renard, Wolverine, Mosquito, Racoon, Pincher: + 1 x 1 - 47/50 3pdr Vickers Mk I

1915-1917, Scorpion: - 1 x 1 - 76/40; + 1 x 1 - 47/50 3pdr Vickers Mk I

1917-1918, Beagle, Bulldog, Harpy, Foxhound, Rattlesnake, Grampus, Grasshopper, Renard, Wolverine, Mosquito, Racoon, Scorpion, Savage, Pincher: + 1 DCT

Naval service


Pincher wrecked 24/7/1918 on the Seven Stones. Racoon wrecked 9/1/1918 on West Coast of Ireland. Wolverine sunk 12/12/1917 in collision with sloop Rosemary  off NW coast of Ireland.