british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Naiad (93) [+1942]
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nationality british
purpose war
type cruiser (light)
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1940
weight (tons) 5450  grt
dimensions 154.2 x 15.5 x 4.3 m
material steel
engine 4 x steam turbines, 3 drum boilers, 4 shafts, 4 screws
armament 4 x 2 x 5.25ins, 1 x 4.0ins, 3 x 2 2pdr guns, 2 x 3 x 21.0ins torpedoes
power 62000  s.h.p.
speed 33  knots
yard no. 613
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 11/03/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
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Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
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depth (m.) 2600 max. / -- min. (m)
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entered by Claes Johnny
entered 11/03/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 05/05/2013
[1] Lettens Jan05/08/2010
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Claes Johnny11/03/2008On 9 Mar, 1942, the HMS Naiad (93) (Capt Grantham) sailed from Alexandria as flagship of a cruiser force under KAdm Vian, consisting of the cruisers HMS Dido (37) and HMS Euryalus (42) and the destroyers HMS Kipling (G 91), HMS Kelvin (G 37), HMS Lively (G 40), HMS Sikh (G 82), HMS Zulu (G 18), HMS Hasty (H 24), HMS Havock (H 43) and HMS Hero (H 99) to attack a reported damaged Italian cruiser, but this report proved to be wrong and the ships turned back to Alexandria together with the HMS Cleopatra (33) and HMS Kingston (G 64) from Malta.

The task force was unsuccessfully attacked several times by Italian torpedo planes and German bombers. At 20.01 hours on 11 March, the HMS Naiad (93) was hit by one torpedo from U-565 and sank north of Sidi Barrani, Egypt.
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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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 Hawthorn Leslie & Co. Ltd. - R & W Hawthorn, Hebburn-On-Tyne (Newcastle)
Extracted from "Jane's Fighting Ships for 1919"

Hawthorn Leslie.

R. & W. HAWTHORN, LESLIE & CO., LTD. (HEBBURN YARD, HEBBURN-ON-TYNE). Twelve slips up to 700 ft. long. One dock : 460 x 68 x 21 ft. on blocks. 26 ft. draught of quay at low water. Engine department of 150,000 I.H.P. per annum. Designers and builders of cruisers, destroyers and other warship types. Engine every type of war vessel. Builders of locomotives for main line service and works. Employees: 6-7,000.

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