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Walrus 1917 HMS - Destroyer
Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:06 pm
Destroyer, W Class – G.17, D.24
Laid down February 1917 and launched by Fairfield Govan, Yard No 534, on 27/12/1917. 5/3/1938 sold to T.Round at Scarborough and scrapped at Dunston in October 1938
1,100t light; 1490 t deep load
312ft x 29ft 6in x 10ft 6in
2-shaft Brown-Curtis single reduction geared turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers, Oil, 27,000shp giving 34 knots.
4 x 4in 45cal QF Mk V, 1 x 3in AA, and 6 x 21in TT (2 x 3). Could also carry Mines
Completed 8/3/1918 with minelaying facilities
Post war she served in the Mediterranean
12/1/1938 stranded on Marcus Rocks in Filey Bay, Yorkshire, after breaking her tow
29/3/1938 refloated and taken into Scarborough harbour where she was sold for scrap
Re: Walrus 1917 HMS - Destroyer
Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 7:26 pm
The stranding of Walrus occurred whilst in tow for subsequent preparations for her intended conversion to a WAIR escort at Chatham Dockyard where more of these works were done than elsewhere and all in Naval Dockyards. The WAIR was an extensive conversion turning these elderly destroyers into more capable anti aircraft escorts with 2 X 2 new 4" mounts and all torpedoes removed.
In two of the images above her sister Wryneck appears which had a WAIR conversion Sept 1939 - April 1940, the only one in Gibraltar.
Wryneck and the D class Diamond were both sunk 27 April 1941 in sustained air attacks during the Greece evacuation with catastrophic loss of life amongst their men.