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PARKER destroyer leaders (1916-1917)

Anzac 1919

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Parker (ex-Frobisher) G49, G71, G95, G75   Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 6/1915 19/4/1916 11/1916 BU 11/1921
Grenville G61, G85, G75, G95   Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 6/1915 17/6/1916 10/1916 BU 12/1931
Hoste G90   Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 7/1915 16/8/1916 11/1916 collision 21/12/1916
Seymour G00, G20, G00, D09   Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 7/1915 31/8/1916 11/1916 BU 1/1930
Saumarez G3A, G45, G25   Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 7/1915 14/10/1916 12/1916 BU 1/1931
Anzac (RAN 3/1919) F61, G50, G70, G60   Denny, Dumbarton 1/1916 11/1/1917 4/1917 BU 8/1935


Displacement normal, t

1660 - 1673

Displacement full, t


Length, m


Breadth, m


Draught, m


No of shafts



3 Parsons steam turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers

Anzac: 3 Brown-Curtis steam turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

oil 515

Endurance, nm(kts) 2500(15)


4 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk IV, 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II, 2 x 2 - 533 TT



Ship project history: Two repeat Kempenfelt class leaders were ordered in February 1915, Grenville and Frobisher (renamed Parker before launch), followed by orders for three more in July; in December 1915 a sixth was ordered from Denny Bros. Early in 1916 the C-in-C and Commodore (T) asked for modifications to future leaders, suggesting that they should have more freeboard, more guns bearing ahead and the bridge moved further aft. There was also a request for a slower roll, as the Kempenfelts had a very rapid period of roll. The DNC said that it would be extremely difficult to increase freeboard in most of the new leaders as frames were already being bent, but it might be feasible in Saumarez and Anzac (Nos 5 and 6), which could have 0.3m higher forecastles. This was finally approved only for Anzac. The bridge could be moved 4.0m aft by reducing the boiler rooms from three to two, allowing one 102mm gun to be put on a superimposed platform in 'B' position. As the forward boiler room now had two boilers the forward uptakes were combined in one thicker funnel, which was raised to keep smoke clear of the compass platform. The new profile was a great improvement, and the Parker class were a great success.
    Anzac's higher forecastle and squarer-section funnels made her easy to distinguish from her sisters. All were distinguishable by the thick tall fore funnel.

Modernizations: 8/1918, Seymour: was converted to minelayer: - 2 x 1 - 102/40, 2 x 2 - 533 TT; + rails for 80 mines.

Naval service: Hoste collided with destroyer Negro off Shetland Islands 19/12/1916, two her depth-charges detonated and stern of ship was demolished. Ship was finally abandoned.



Ivan Gogin, 2008-14