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MEDEA destroyers (4, 1915)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Melampus (ex-Chios) H44, H75   Fairfield, Govan 1914 16/12/1914 6/1915 sold 9/1921
Medea (ex-Kriti) H9C, H74   John Brown, Clydebank 4/1914 30/1/1915 6/1915 sold 5/1921
Melpomene (ex-Samos) H09, H76, D50   Fairfield, Govan 1914 1/2/1915 8/1915 sold 5/1921
Medusa (ex-Lesvos) H90   John Brown, Clydebank 4/1914 27/3/1915 7/1915 sunk 25/3/1916


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

1007 - 1040

Displacement full, t

1200

Length, m

83.3

Breadth, m

8.15

Draught, m

2.59

No of shafts

3

Machinery

3 Brown-Curtis steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

25000

Max speed, kts

32

Fuel, t

oil 278

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

3 x 1 - 102/41 QF Mk VII, 2 x 2 - 533 TT

Complement

80



Standard scale images


<i>Melampus </i>1915
Melampus 1915


Ship project history


Late in 1913 four destroyers had been ordered for the Greek Navy, and they were laid down early in 1914 as the Kriti and Lesvos (John Brown) and Chios and Samos (Fairfield). They were very similar to the Admiralty 'M' class, but had a raised fore funnel and carried the second 102mm gun between No 1 and No 2 funnels. Internally they differed in having the double boiler room next to the engine room, and the accommodation was different.

Modernizations


1916-1917, all survived: - 3 x 1 - 102/41; + 3 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk IV, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II

Naval service


Medusa 25/3/1916 while screening seaplane carrier Vindex was rammed by destroyer Laverock, she was taken under tow home but later abandoned and sank.