H.M.S. Duchess (1932)

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H.M.S. Duchess (1932)
Builder: Palmer Shipbuilding and Iron Company
Launched: 19 Jul, 1932[1]
Collision: 12 Dec, 1939[2]
H.M.S. Duchess was one of fourteen "C" and "D" Class destroyers completed for the Royal Navy.

Service

Re-commissioned at Chatham on 30 March, 1933 for service with the First Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean.[3]

Re-commissioned at Chatham on 25 October, 1934 for service with the Eighth Destroyer Flotilla, operating on the China Station.[4]

Re-commissioned on 11 December, 1935 for service with the Eighth Destroyer Flotilla, operating on the China Station.[5]

On 12 December 1939 Duchess collided with the battleship Barham which she was escorting to the Clyde as they were nearing their destination north of Belfast. The destroyer was cut in half with heavy loss of life.

Captains

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. p. 38.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. p. 38.
  3. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 235.
  4. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 235.
  5. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 234.
  6. The Navy List. (July, 1934). p. 235.
  7. The Navy List. (October, 1935). p. 235.
  8. The Navy List. (July, 1937). p. 234.
  9. Uboat.net page on the ship.
  10. Uboat.net page on the ship.


"C" and "D" Class Destroyer
"C" Class Leader
  Kempenfelt  
Destroyers
  Comet Crescent Crusader Cygnet  
"D" Class Leader
  Duncan  
Destroyers
  Dainty Daring Decoy Defender  
  Delight Diamond Diana Duchess  
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