british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Bruce (D81) (+1939)
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nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Admiralty class destroyer leader
Admiralty class destroyer leader Scott HMS (+1918)
propulsion steam
date built 1918
weight (tons) 1580  disp (surf)
dimensions 98.3 x 9.7 x 3.8 m
material steel
engine Parsons turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers, twin shaft
armament 5 x 4.7"/120 mm guns or 3 x twin 6 pdr guns, 1 x 12 pdr. guns, 2 x 21"/530 mm triple T.T.
power 40000  s.h.p.
speed 36.5  knots
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
date lost 22/11/1939  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
complement 164
about the wreck
depth (m.)
war grave
entered by Allen Tony
entered 22/02/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 12/12/2009
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Allen Tony22/02/2008HMS Bruce was a British Royal Navy Scott Class Destroyer of 1530 tons built in 1918. In 1939 HMS Bruce was stripped of her armanment and take to a position off the Isle of Wight to be xpended as a target ship. Aerial tests were conducted and HMS Bruce was attacked with a aerial torpedo and sunk. It is not know if the wreck has been found and identified.
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 Wendes David, South Coast Shipwrecks

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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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About Builders
 Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead
Charles Cammell and Co, iron and steel founders, was established in 1824. Cammell, Laird and Co. was formed in 1903 when the Laird Brothers amalgamated their company with Charles Cammell and Co. - - The Cammell Laird site at Birkenhead on Merseyside was established in 1824, and has been successfully building, repairing ships right through to present times. The shipyard is in a world famous maritime region and is recognised internationally as having been at the forefront of the British Shipbuilding Industry. - - - - - - - Cammell Laird used to have their own flag. The flag was used on ships that were in their trials. Only when approved by the buyer, she changed flags

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