british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Paragon (+1917)
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nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Acasta class destroyer (K class)
Acasta class destroyer (K class) Contest HMS [+1917]
propulsion steam
date built 1913
weight (tons) 957  disp (surf)
dimensions 79.2 x 8.1 x 2.8 m
material steel
engine 2 x Parsons Steam turbines, Yarrow boilers, oil fired, dual screw
armament 3 x 4"/101.6 mm gun, 1 x 2 pdr. A.A, 2 x 21"/530 mm T.T.
power 24500  s.h.p.
speed 29  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 18/03/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
Thornycroft & Co. Ltd.
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
complement 75~77
about the wreck
depth (m.)
war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 12/10/2005
last update Lettens Jan
last update 11/12/2009
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Allen Tony26/06/2007HMS Paragon, British, Acasta class Destroyer Torpedoed by German destroyers that were attacking the Dover Barrage. She was hit by a torpedo and gunfire and broke in half within eight minutes and sank. Some of her own depth charges exploded killing some of the survivors

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About Owners
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London

In 1509 when Henry VIII was crowned he realised the growing navel power of King James IV of Scots. James had built an impressive fleet to control the Western Isles and was allied to France. Henry built up of his own fleet, the Navy Royal, as it was then known. New ships were constructed, the best known being the Mary Rose. Smaller types of warships (galleases) combining the best features of oars, sails and guns were also built. By Henry's death in 1547 his fleet had grown to 58 vessels.

In 1546 a 'Council of the Marine' was established which later became the 'Navy Board'. The Navy Board was in charge of the daily administration of the navy until 1832 when it was combined with the Board of the Admiralty.

Elizabeth I inherited a fleet of only 27 ships in 1558. Instead of building up her own fleet Elizabeth encouraged private enterprise against Spain's new empire. Men like Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake to command groups of Royal and private ships to attack the Spanish. When Spain threatened invasion with its Armada in 1588 the Navy of England both Royal and private defended the realm.

Early in the Seventeenth Century, larger galleons were built with heavier armaments. the largest English ship was Sovereign of the Seas built for prestige purposes by Charles I in 1637. The first ship with three gun decks to carry her 102 guns, she was the most powerful ship in the world for many years.

When King Charles II came to the throne in 1660 he inherited a huge fleet of 154 ships. This was a permanent professional national force and the beginning of the Royal Navy as we know it today.

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