british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Exmoor (L61) [+1941]
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nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Hunt class escort destroyer (type I br.)
propulsion steam
date built 1939
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weight (tons) 1000  disp (surf)
dimensions 84.7 x 8.6 x 3.3 m
material steel
engine 2 x geared turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers, dual shaft
armament 4 × 4" guns on twin mount, 4 × 2 pdr. on quad mount, 2 × 20 mm mg, 40 dcs (2 throwers, 1 rack)
power 19000  s.h.p.
speed 27.5  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 25/02/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.104rank: 527
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Vickers-Armstrong Ltd., Barrow-In-Furness
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
captain Lt. Cdr. R.T. Lampard
complement 146
about the wreck
depth (m.) 35 max. / 27 min. (m)
protected yes
war grave yes
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last update 30/09/2010
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Slaats Martien21/01/2007British Navy, hunt type destroyer L61; 1939; Vickers-Armstrong; 904 tons; 272.3x28.2x7.7; 19.000 shp; 32.5 knots; turbine engines; 3-drum boilers; four 4 in guns, 8 smaller.

The destroyer Exmoor, Lt. Cdr. R.T. Lampard, was escorting convoy FN 417 from the Thames to Forth, when on the night of February 25th, 1941, she was attacked by a flotilla of German torpedo boats (MTB S-30 Feldt), off Lowestoft.

Exmoor put up a strong defence of her convoy, but was torpedoed in action and sank with the loss of four officers, incl her Cdr. and 100 ratings. No ships of the convoy suffered loss or damage.
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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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