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HMS Hardy (1912)

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Class and type  Acasta-class destroyer
Laid down  13 November 1911
Draught  10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Launched  10 October 1912
Weight  1,089 tons
Draft  3.2 m
Name  HMS Hardy
Beam  27 ft (8.2 m)
Construction started  13 November 1911
Length  82 m
Displacement  972,500 kg
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Fate  Sold for breaking to Thos W Ward of Briton Ferry
Builder  John I. Thornycroft & Company

HMS Hardy was a Royal Navy ship that was one of 20 Acasta-class destroyers. Serving during World War I, she was part of the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland. Hardy was built by John I. Thornycroft & Company and laid down on 13 November 1911. The ship was launched on 10 October 1912 and completed on 1 September 1913. She was the 6th vessel of the Royal Navy to bear the name Hardy and the 3rd to receive battle honours.



The standard build of Acasta-class destroyers' had a displacement of 892 tons when containing standard load and 1072 tons when containing deep load. The ships' dimensions were 267 ft 6in × 27 ft × 10 ft 5in. At a speed of 15kn the class' stated range was 1,540nm, while the top speed was 29kn. Acasta-class destroyers were armed with three 4 inch guns and two torpedo tubes. Vessels were powered by 2-shaft, oil fired turbines and had a fuel capacity of 199 tons of oil.

Hardy's pennant numbers were H67, H39, and H88.

World War I

During the war Hardy was part of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla, a component of the British Grand Fleet.

On 16 December 1914, HMS Hardy saw action in the Dogger Bank area in the early stages of the German raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby. It incurred significant damage and had to limp back to port under escort from HMS Spitfire. Three crew were killed and ten wounded.

On 31 May — 1 June 1916, Hardy saw action in the Battle of Jutland.

In August 1916 the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla, to which Hardy belonged, was removed from fleet work and spent most of the rest of the war in Devonport, where its rosters of destroyer grew in numbers until it reached 50 ships in July, 1918

Commanding officers

  • Lieutenant-Commander Lewis G.E. Crabbe was appointed on 27 August 1913.
  • Commander Richard A. A. Plowden was the commanding officer at the battle of Jutland.
  • Lieutenant Edward Eastwick-Field was appointed on 28 December 1918
  • Fate

    HMS Hardy was sold for breaking on 9 May 1921 to Thos W Ward's at Briton Ferry.


    HMS Hardy (1912) Wikipedia

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