|HMS Fortune (1913)|
HMS Fortune in pre-war black paint, and without pennant number
|Builder:||Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan|
|Launched:||17 March 1913|
|Fate:||Sunk by Westfalen at Battle of Jutland on 1 June 1916|
|Class & type:||Acasta-class destroyer|
|Length:||267 ft 6 in (81.53 m)|
|Beam:||27 ft (8.2 m)|
|Draught:||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)|
|Installed power:||24,500 ihp (18,300 kW)|
|Speed:||29 kn (54 km/h)|
HMS Fortune was an Acasta-class destroyer, and the twenty-first ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name. She was launched in 1913 and was sunk at the battle of Jutland in 1916.
Pennant Numbers[edit | edit source]
|H30||6 December 1914||31 May 1916|
Construction[edit | edit source]
She was laid down under the 1911–1912 construction programme by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company and launched on 17 March 1913. She was temporarily renamed HMS Kismet in October 1913, but this was reverted shortly afterwards.
Career[edit | edit source]
Loss[edit | edit source]
She was sunk on 1 June 1916 at the Battle of Jutland, under command of Lt Cdr F G Terry. About 11:30pm she came under heavy fire from German battleships, including SMS Westfalen. Hits from the secondary armament of Westfalen caused overwhelming damage and she went down on fire with 67 men. One man was rescued. The wrecksite is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.
References[edit | edit source]
- "HMS Fortune at Clyde-built database". http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=290. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
- ""Arrowsmith" List: Royal Navy WWI Destroyer Pendant Numbers". http://www.gwpda.org/naval/s0450000.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
- "Battleships-Cruisers.co.uk website - Destroyers before 1918". http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/destroyers_before_1900.htm. Retrieved 2000-02-27.
- "Statutory Instrument 2008/0950". Office of Public Sector Information, 1 April 2008. http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20080950_en_1. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
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