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Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate Modification
Whitehead     Swan Hunter, Wallsend 1918 6/1918 --- cancelled 4/1919 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Wye     Yarrow, Scotstoun 1918 11/1918 --- cancelled 9/1919 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Venomous (ex-Venom) G98, D75   John Brown, Clydebank 5/1918 21/12/1918 6/1919 BU 3/1947 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Verity F36, D63   John Brown, Clydebank 5/1918 19/3/1919 9/1919 BU 3/1947 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Volunteer D71   Denny, Dumbarton 4/1918 17/4/1919 11/1919 BU 3/1947 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Vansittart D64   Beardmore, Dalmuir 7/1918 17/4/1919 11/1919 BU 2/1946 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Wanderer D74   Fairfield, Govan 8/1918 1/5/1919 9/1919 BU 1/1946 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Whitehall D94   Swan Hunter, Wallsend / Chatham DYd 6/1918 11/9/1919 7/1924 BU 10/1945 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Wren D88, D98   Yarrow, Scotstoun / Pembroke DYd 6/1918 11/11/1919 1/1923 sunk 27/7/1940 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Vimy (ex-Vantage)     Beardmore, Dalmuir 1918 --- --- cancelled 9/1919 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Votary     Denny, Dumbarton 1918 --- --- cancelled 12/1918 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Warren     Fairfield, Govan 1918 --- --- cancelled 9/1919 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Welcome     Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Welfare     Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 1st order (1/1918), Admiralty design
Wishart D67   Thornycroft, Woolston 5/1918 18/7/1919 6/1920 BU 3/1945 Thornycroft specials
Witch GA6, D89   Thornycroft, Woolston / Devonport DYd 6/1918 11/11/1919 3/1924 BU 7/1946 Thornycroft specials
Witherington D76   White, Cowes 9/1918 16/1/1919 10/1919 BU 3/1947 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Whitshed FA7, D77   Swan Hunter, Wallsend 6/1918 31/1/1919 7/1919 BU 2/1947 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wivern D66   White, Cowes 8/1918 16/4/1919 12/1919 BU 2/1947 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Veteran D72   John Brown, Clydebank 8/1918 26/4/1919 11/1919 sunk 26/9/1942 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wild Swan D62   Swan Hunter, Wallsend 7/1918 17/5/1919 11/1919 sunk 17/6/1942 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wolverine D78   White, Cowes 10/1918 17/7/1919 7/1920 BU 1/1946 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Werewolf     White, Cowes (ex-Swan Hunter, Wallsend) 1918 17/7/1919 --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Worcester, 1945- Yeoman D96   White, Cowes / Portsmouth DYd 12/1918 24/10/1919 9/1922 damaged 23/12/1943, never repaired, BU 9/1946 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Watson     Fairfield, Govan / Devonport DYd 1918 1919 --- cancelled 9/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Vashon     Beardmore, Dalmuir 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Vengeful     Beardmore, Dalmuir 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Vigo     John Brown, Clydebank 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Virulent     John Brown, Clydebank 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Volage     John Brown, Clydebank 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Volcano     John Brown, Clydebank 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wistful (ex-Vigorous)     John Brown, Clydebank 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wager     Denny, Dumbarton 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wake     Denny, Dumbarton 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Waldegrave     Denny, Dumbarton 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Walton     Denny, Dumbarton 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Whitaker     Denny, Dumbarton 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wave     Fairfield, Govan 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Weazel     Fairfield, Govan 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
White Bear     Fairfield, Govan 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wellesley     Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wheeler     Scotts, Greenock 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Whip     Scotts, Greenock 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Whippet     Scotts, Greenock 1918 --- --- cancelled 11/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Whelp     Scotts, Greenock 1918 --- --- cancelled 9/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Willoughby     Swan Hunter, Wallsend 1918 --- --- cancelled 12/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Winter     Swan Hunter, Wallsend 1918 --- --- cancelled 12/1918 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Westphal     White, Cowes (ex-Swan Hunter, Wallsend) 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Westward Ho     White, Cowes (ex-Swan Hunter, Wallsend) 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Wrangler     Yarrow, Scotstoun (ex-White, Cowes) 1918 --- --- cancelled 9/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Yeoman     Yarrow, Scotstoun 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Zealous     Yarrow, Scotstoun 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Zebra     Yarrow, Scotstoun 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design
Zodiac     Yarrow, Scotstoun 1918 --- --- cancelled 4/1919 2nd order (4/1918), Admiralty design


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

1325

Displacement full, t

Admiralty design: 1508

Thornycroft specials: 1530

Length, m

95.1

Breadth, m

Admiralty design: 9.00

Thornycroft specials: 9.37

Draught, m

Admiralty design: 3.20

Thornycroft specials: 2.90

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets Brown-Curtis geared steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Whitehall, Whitehead, Whitshed, Wild Swan, Willoughby, Winter: 2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Wivern, Witherington, Wolverine, Worcester, Werewolf, Westphal, Westward Ho: 2 sets Brown-Curtis geared steam turbines, 3 White-Forster boilers

Power, h. p.

Admiralty design: 27000

Thornycroft specials: 30000

Max speed, kts

Admiralty design: 34

Thornycroft specials: 35

Fuel, t

Admiralty design: oil 367

Thornycroft specials: oil 374

Endurance, nm(kts)

3210(15)

Armament

4 x 1 - 120/45 BL Mk I, 1 x 1 - 76/45 20cwt QF Mk II or 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II, 2 x 3 - 533 TT, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (15 - 20 DC)

Complement

127



Standard scale images


<i>Wolverine</i> 1942
Wolverine 1942
<i>Whitshed</i> 1944
Whitshed 1944
<i>Volunteer</i> 1941
Volunteer 1941
<i>Worcester</i> 1942
Worcester 1942
<i>Vansittart</i> 1943
Vansittart 1943


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<i>Whitshed</i>
Whitshed


Ship project history


A Repeat 'W' class of 16 boats was ordered in January 1918, followed by 38 more in March-April, but only 9 of the first order and 7 of the second survived the wholesale cancellations which followed the Armistice. As before Thornycroft were permitted to build two to their own design, with added freeboard and more powerful machinery. The dimensions of the 'V&W' classes were followed but with a slightly different stern.

Because of the big sizes of new guns it was necessary to raise a little the bridge for review improvement that has led to weighting of a fore end and some deterioration of seaworthiness. This lack of the new ships was obvious at a designing phase, therefore at the initiative of Thornycroft which had an order on 2 ships, design received serious changes. For the expense of re-planning of boiler rooms on Wishart and Witch the second funnel managed to be removed aft, having exempted place for the bridge which was now distant from a stem notably further, than at Admiralty designed destroyers, that notably lightened a fore end. Only Thornycroft-built ships of 1st series were built in a similar way, and remaining not to delay limits for the readiness, have decided to build on invariable design. Therefore outwardly these destroyers practically did not differ from the predecessors of "V/W" classes. Ideas of Thornycroft were completely embodied in the design of ships of the next order (April, 1918). Outwardly they differed from 1st series by the bridge displaced in a stern and funnels, first of which was thicker, than second (on all earlier ships it was contrary).

The two sets of triple TT were repeated but the 120mm BL gun of the Shakespeare and Scott classes replaced the 102mm Mk.V, marking a major increase in gunpower. All were completed after the Armistice, most between April 1919 and July 1920, but Whitehall was towed to Chatham DYd and not completed until July 1924, Wren was completed at Pembroke DYd in January 1923 and Worcester was completed at Portsmouth in September 1922. The order for Watson was transferred to Devonport DYd and she is reported to have been launched in 1919 to clear the slip. Similarly Werewolf, Westphal and Westward Ho were transferred from J S While to Swan Hunter and Wrangler was transferred from J S White to Yarrow. As part of the November 1918 cancellation material for Whelp was transferred to Pembroke DYd, material for Watson to Devonport DYd, material for Warren to Chatham DYd and Vigo's boilers were transferred to Whelp.

Modernizations


1924, all: AA armament consisted of 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II

1930s, all: + type 124 or type 127 sonar

spring - summer 1940, all: - 1 x 3 - 533 TT; + 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V

1941 - 1942, all but Wren and Worcester: - 1 x 1 - 120/45 ("Y"); + 2 DCT, 1 DCR ( DCs stowage was 70 - 98 pcs)

1941 - 1942, most: + type 271, type 286 radars

(1 - 8/1942), Venomous, (5 - 8/1942), Whitehall; (1 - 5/1943), Wanderer; (4 - 10/1943), Verity: 1 boiler was removed, fuel stowage rose up to 450t, engine power decreased to 15 000hp, maximal speed was 24.5kts, full displacement was 1730-1760t; - 1 x 1 - 120/45 ("A"), 1 x 1 - 76/40, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, type 124 or type 127 sonar; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 144 sonar

late 1942, Vansittart, Volunteer, Wishart, Witch, Whitshed, Witherington, Wivern, Wolverine, Worcester: + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

(8/1942 - 1/1943), Volunteer; (1 - 6/1943), Vansittart: 1 boiler was removed, fuel stowage rose up to 450t, engine power decreased to 15 000hp, maximal speed was 24.5kts, full displacement was 1730-1760t; - 1 x 3 - 533 TT

1943 - 1944, Volunteer, Veteran, Wolverine: - 1 x 1 - 120/45 ("A"), type 124 or type 127 sonar; + 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 144 sonar

1943 - 1944, Vansittart, Volunteer, Wanderer, Venomous, Verity, Whitehall, Wishart, Witch: - 2 x 1 - 40/39; + (2 - 3) x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1943 - 1944, most: - type 286 radar; + type 291 radar

1944, Witherington: - 1 x 1 - 120/45, 1 x 1 - 76/40, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (DCs stowage was 20 pcs); + 1 x 2 - 57/47 6pdr 10cwt QF Mk I, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII

1944, Whitshed, Wivern: - 1 x 1 - 120/45, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (DCs stowage was 20 pcs); + 1 x 2 - 57/47 6pdr 10cwt QF Mk I, 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII

late 1944, Witherington, Whitshed, Wivern: - 1 x 1 - 40/39; + 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk.II/IV

1/1946, Venomous: 2 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 5 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70), type 271, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Verity: 2 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 5 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70), type 271, 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Volunteer: 2 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 1 x 1 - 76/40 HA/LA Mk IX, 5 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70), type 271, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Vansittart: 3 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 1 x 1 - 76/40 HA/LA Mk IX, 5 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70), type 271, type 291 radars, type 124 or type 127 sonar

1/1946, Wanderer: 2 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 5 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70), type 271, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Witch: 3 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 1 x 1 - 76/40 HA/LA Mk IX, 5 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70), type 271, type 291 radars, type 124 or type 127 sonar

1/1946, Witherington: 2 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 1 x 2 - 57/47 Mk I, 2 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (20), type 271, type 291 radars, type 124 or type 127 sonar

1/1946, Whitshed: 2 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 1 x 1 - 76/40 HA/LA Mk IX, 1 x 2 - 57/47 Mk I, 2 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (20), type 271, type 291 radars, type 124 or type 127 sonar

1/1946, Wivern: 2 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 1 x 1 - 76/40 HA/LA Mk IX, 1 x 2 - 57/47 Mk I, 2 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (20), type 271, type 291 radars, type 124 or type 127 sonar

1/1946, Wolverine: 2 x 1 - 120/45 CP Mk VI, 1 x 1 - 76/40 HA/LA Mk IX, 2 x 1 - 40/39 HA Mk II, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 1 x 3 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (70), type 271, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

Naval service


Wren 27/7/1940 was sunk by German He 111 bombers off British coast. Wild Swan 17/6/1942 was badly damaged by German Ju 88 bombers, soon collided with Spanish trawler in 100nm S of Ireland and sunk. Veteran 26/9/1942 was sunk by German submarine U404 near South coast of Iceland. Worcester was mined in the North Sea 23/12/1943, badly damaged, not repaired and used as hulk; renamed Yeoman in 1945.