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Great Britain's Scott class, Admiralty Leader class, Campbell class destroyers

Photos

  • HMAS Stuart destroyer
  • HMS Bruce destroyer
  • HMS Campbell destroyer
  • HMS Douglas destroyer
  • HMS Scott destroyer

Design

The Scott class were ordered by the Royal Navy in 1916 to be larger flotilla leaders and were similar in appearance to the Shakespeare class.

Conversions

From 1942 to 1944 all were converted into escort destroyers.

Ships

 

HMS Barrington

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • January 1919: Cancelled

HMS Bruce, D.81

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • February 26, 1918: Launched
  • November 22, 1939: Expended. Lost. Used as a target for an airborne 18" torpedo.

HMS Campbell, D.60

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • November 10, 1917: Laid down
  • September 21, 1918: Launched
  • December 21, 1918: Commissioned
  • April 1940: Based at Clyde. Partook in Norway operation.
  • 1941: Landed 'X' gun and replaced by 3" AA. Bridge wings had 20 mm Oerlikons installed. Radar 271 and 290 were added. 2 pdr guns replaced by 20 mm Oerlikons.
  • 1942: With 16th and 21st Destroyer Flotillas.
  • February 1942: Battled German Brest Squadron in Operation Cerberus.
  • June 1944: Part of Normandy Invasion.
  • 1947: Broken up
  • February 18, 1947: Sold
  • June 1948: Scrapped at Rosyth

HMS Douglas, D.90

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • June 30, 1917: Laid down
  • June 8, 1918: Launched
  • August 30, 1918: Commissioned
  • January 1940: Fought a U-boat off Portugal.
  • 1940: With Force H based in Gibraltar.
  • Mid 1941: With 2nd Escort Group escorting convoys in North Atlantic.
  • ?: 'A' and 'Y' guns were replaced by a hedgehog. Torpedo tubes removed. Radar 271 and 290 were added.
  • Late 1942: Bridge wings had 20 mm Oerlikons installed. Depth charges carried was increased to 70.
  • March 20, 1945: Sold. Scrapped at Inverkeithing.

HMS Hughes

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • January 1919: Cancelled

HMS Mackay, (formerly Claverhouse), D.70

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • March 5, 1918: Laid down
  • December 21, 1918: Launched
  • May 19, 1919, June 1919: Commissioned
  • 1928 - 1929: Trials of first 4.7" QF Mk IX conducted.
  • May - June 1940: Helped with evacuation from Dunkirk.
  • 1942: With 16th and 21st Destroyer Flotillas.
  • February 1942: Battled German Brest Squadron in Operation Cerberus.
  • 1944: 'A' position had a twin 6 pdr installed.
  • June 1944: Part of Normandy Invasion.
  • June 1945: Scrapped at Charlestown
  • February 18, 1947: Sold
  • 1949: Broken up

HMS Malcolm, D.19

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • March 27, 1918: Laid down
  • May 29, 1919: Launched
  • December 14, 1919: Commissioned
  • May - June 1940: Helped with evacuation from Dunkirk. Received bomb damage.
  • ?: 'A' and 'Y' guns were replaced by a hedgehog. Torpedo tubes removed. Radar 271 and 290 were added.
  • June 1941: Escorting in North Atlantic.
  • August 1942: Member of Operation Pedestal.
  • September 1942: Escorted Convoy PG18 in Artic.
  • Late 1942: Bridge wings had 20 mm Oerlikons installed. Depth charges carried was increased to 70.
  • November 1942: Part of Operation Torch off Algiers.
  • 1945: Broken up
  • July 25, 1945: Sold. Scrapped at Barrow.

HMS Montrose, D.01

  • Builder: Hawthorn Leslie
  • October 4, 1917: Laid down
  • June 10, 1918: Launched
  • September 14, 1918: Commissioned
  • May - June 1940: Helped with evacuation from Dunkirk. Ran aground causing damage.
  • 1941: Landed 'X' gun and replaced by 3" AA. Bridge wings had 20 mm Oerlikons installed. Radar 271 and 290 were added. 2 pdr guns replaced by 20 mm Oerlikons.
  • 1942: With 16th and 21st Destroyer Flotillas.
  • 1943: 'A' position had a twin 6 pdr installed to be used against E-boats along the coast.
  • June 1944: Part of Normandy Invasion.
  • June 10, 1944: Collision
  • 1946: Broken up
  • January 31, 1946: Sold. Scrapped at Blyth.

HMS Scott

  • Builder: Cammell Laird
  • January 1918: Commissioned
  • August 15, 1918, 1918: Torpedoed off Dutch coast by UC17. Lost.

HMS Stuart, D.00

  • Builder: Hawthorn Leslie
  • October 18, 1917: Laid down
  • August 22, 1918: Launched
  • December 21, 1918: Commissioned
  • October 1933, 1933: Transferred to Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
  • September 1940: Sank submarine Gondor.
  • March 1941: At Battle of Matapan and helped sink Italian destroyers Alfieri and Carducci.
  • 1941: Q and Y guns removed and replaced by one 20 mm. Fifth 20 mm and captured Breda gun added.
  • August 22, 1941: Returned to Australia.
  • 1942: A gun replaced by hedgehog. Two 2 pdrs added between the funnels and 20 mm guns added to bridge wings.
  • 1945: Made into fast transport. Only one 4.7" HA, three 2 pdrs, and five 20 mm guns remained.
  • 1947: Broken up
  • February 3, 1947: Scrapped at Sydney
  • February 21, 1947: Sold

Usage

HMS Campbell stayed mostly in home waters.

Escorts

The HMS Douglas and HMS Malcolm were mostly used as convoy escorts.

Specifications

  Scott class
Crew 164, 170, 183, 188
Physical Characteristics  
Displacement 1,530 tons, 1,580 tons
1,605 tonnes
Displacement - Loaded 2,050 tons, 2,185 - 2,235 tons
2,083 tonnes
Length 332' 6"
101.3 m
Length - Between Perpendiculars 320'
97.5 m
Length - Water Line  
Beam 31' 9"
9.7 m
Draft / Height 9' 3", 12' 6"
3.8 m
Draft - Mean 9' 3"
Draft - Maximum 12' 6"
Performance  
Speed 31 knots, 36.5 knots
Range at 15 knots 5,000 nautical miles
Armament 2: 4.7"
4: 4.7"
5: 4.7" (5 x 1)
Anti-Aircraft 1: 3" HA
2: 2 pdr pompoms (2 x 1)
2 or 5: 20 mm
Torpedo Tubes 6: 21" (2 x 3)
Depth Charges 18 - 70
Engines  
Boilers 4: Yarrow
Shafts 2
Turbines Geared, Brown-Curtis Geared, Parsons Geared
HP 40,000
Oil 500 tons, 504 tons
508 tonnes
  HMS Bruce
Engines  
Turbines Parsons Geared
  HMS Campbell
Armament - A position 2: 6 pdr
3: 4.7" (3 x 1)
Anti-Aircraft 1: 4"
4: 20 mm (4 x 1)
Engines  
Turbines Parsons Geared
  HMS Douglas
Armament 2: 4.7" (2 x 1)
Anti-Aircraft 1: 3"
2: 2 pdr (2 x 1)
1: 1 pdr
Torpedo Tubes 2: 21"
Depth Charges 70
Hedgehog 1
Engines  
Turbines Parsons Geared
  HMS Mackay
Armament - A position 2: 4.7" (2 x 1)
A Position 2: 6 pdr
Anti-Aircraft 1: 3"
2: 2 pdr (2 x 1)
1: 1 pdr
Engines  
Turbines Parsons Geared
  HMS Malcolm
Armament  
Anti-Aircraft 2: 20 mm (2 x 1)
4: .303" (2 x 2)
Torpedo Tubes 3: 21"
Depth Charges 70
Hedgehog 1
Engines  
Turbines Parsons Geared
  HMS Montrose
Armament - A position 2: 4.7" (2 x 1)
2: 6 pdr (1 x 2)
A - position 2: 6 pdr
Anti-Aircraft 1: 4"
2: 2 pdr (2 x 1)
2: 20 mm (2 x 1)
Engines  
Turbines Brown-Curtiss geared
  HMS Stuart
Armament 5: 4.7" (5 x 1)
Anti-Aircraft 1: 3"
Engines  
Turbines Brown-Curtiss geared
HP  

Sources:

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Robert Gardiner, 1987
  2. Destroyers of World War Two, M. J. Whitley, 1988
  3. Warships of World War II, H. T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge, 1964
  4. Janes' Fighting Ships of World War II, 1989
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