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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

TORPEDO SHIPS

Modified "W" destroyers (1919-1924)

Wanderer 1919

Volunteer 1941

Worcester 1942

Wolverine 1942

Vansittart 1943

Whitshed 1944

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

 

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

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 off Sothern 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.

Whitshed

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15