british British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN HMS Laforey [+1917]
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nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Laforey class destroyer (L class)
propulsion steam
date built 1913
weight (tons) 995  grt
dimensions 82 x 8.2 x 2.9 m
material steel
engine Parson steam turbines, ? boilers, dual shaft
armament 3 x 4"/101.6 mm gun, 1 x 2 pdr. A.A, 2 x 21"/530 mm T.T
power 24500  i.h.p.
speed 29  knots
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cause lost mine
date lost 23/03/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.59rank: 581
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Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
complement 77
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depth (m.) 43 max. / 35 min. (m)
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entered 01/07/2002
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last update 09/02/2011
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Dive details: Broken midships,bridge collapsed. Nets have been found

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The First Battle of Heligoland Bight was the first naval battle of the First World War, fought on 28 August 1914. A plan was devised by the British to ambush some of the German warships on their regular daily patrols, and a fleet of 31 destroyers and two cruisers was dispatched for this purpose. Three German light cruisers, one torpedo boat were sunk and 712 sailors killed. The British only had some ships damaged and 35 killed. The battle was regarded as a great victory in Britain.
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Lettens Jan09/02/2011HMS Laforey, built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Glasgow in 1913 and owned at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British destroyer of 995 tons.

On March 23rd, 1917, HMS Laforey, on a voyage from Boulogne to Folkestone, was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UB-12 (Ernst Steindorff), off Gris Nez, sank 11 miles southwest of Shoreham. 59 persons were lost.

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Eekelers Dirk25/01/2006Laforey was a destroyer of the ‘L’ class; Displacement: 980 tons; Length 269 feet; Beam 28 feet; Draught 10 feet; 29 Knots. Built at Fairfield’s, Govan, Clyde. Armament: 3x4-ins: 1x2 pdr 4x21-ins TT.


1913 22 August launched;
1914 March, Commissioned - 3rd Destroyer Flotilla - Grand Fleet;
28 August, took part in battle of Heligoland Bight 1915
24 January, took part in battle of Dogger Bank May, in action sinking 2 German torpedo boats
June - December, transferred to Mediterranean, Dardanelles operations ;
Evacuation from ‘W’ Beach.
1916-17 Returned to Portsmouth - Atlantic/Channel patrols;
1917 25 Mar, sunk by British mine in Channel.
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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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 Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Between the two World Wars Fairfield, Glasgow's largest shipyard, built many famous ships for customers which included Anchor Line, Donaldson Line, Canadian Pacific Line and Orient Line. A financial crisis at Fairfield in 1965 led to the formation of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. UCS collapsed in 1971, but a determined campaign by shipyard workers ensured that the yard survived as Govan Shipbuilders. - The yard was sold in 1988 to the Norwegian company Kvaerner. Kvaerner Govan specialised in the design and build of large, sophisticated gas and chemical carriers as well as specialist, one-off vessels for a wide range of uses. Defence contractors BAE Systems acquired the yard in 1999, after Kvaerner decided to pull out of shipbuilding. As the sole remaining builder of merchant ships in Glasgow, the yard has strong hopes of future prosperity in the 21st century.

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Donklaan 26
9290 Berlare
Tel: +32 (0)9 367 01 20
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