british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Vimiera (L-29) [+1942]
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nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Admiralty V class destroyer
Admiralty V class destroyer Vehement HMS (+1918)
propulsion steam
date built 1917
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weight (tons) 1305  disp (surf)
dimensions 93.3 x 8.2 x 2.7 m
engine 2 x steam turbines, 3 boilers, dual shaft
armament 4 x 4"/101.6 mm gun, 2 x 2 pdr. A.A. or 1 x 12 pdr., 2 x 21"/530 mm twin T.T.
power 27000  s.h.p.
speed 34  knots
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cause lost mine
date lost 09/01/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.91rank: 541
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Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
complement 110
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depth (m.) 16 max. / 5.4 min. (m)
orientation 76°
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Two positions we have: 51°30,063N/01°01,366E and 51°30,873N/01°01,009E
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Lettens Jan27/08/2008HMS VIMIERA; Destroyer built for the British Navy in 1917 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson; 900 tons; 312x29.5x10.9 ft; 27,000 s.h.p.; 34 knots; turbine engines and Yarrow boilers; She was equipped with 4 x 4´ guns, one 2pdr. and 5 machine guns

On January 9th, 1942, the British Navy destroyer Vimiera (Lt. Cdr. Mackenzie), was sunk by a mine, off the Nore. In total, 1 officer and 90 crew were killed.
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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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 Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
From: Janes Fighting Ships 1919

SWAN. HUNTER & WIGHAM RICHARDSON, LTD. (WALLSEND-ON-TYNE), Twenty-one building berths, fifteen of which are served by overhead electric cranes. Four berths covered in. Employees : about 8000. Annual gross shipbuilding capacity (1918) : 150,000 tons. Engine works : 100,000 H.P. output per year.

The dry docks dept, includes a large repairing yard with two graving docks and two floating docks. Engine works have developed the Neptune and Polar marine oil engines. Total area of works : 78 acres. Water frontage : 4000 ft. Shipyard also at Southwick-on-Wear, with three building berths. Allied firms are the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co., Ltd.. Wallsend ; Barclay. Curle & Co., Ltd., of Whiteinch, Govan. Elderslie and Glasgow.

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