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nationality british
purpose war
type destroyer
subtype/class Acasta class destroyer (K class)
Acasta class destroyer (K class) Contest HMS [+1917]
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1912
dead (not found) dead (not found)
weight (tons) 957  disp (surf)
dimensions 79.2 x 8.1 x 2.8 m
material steel
engine 2 x Parsons Steam turbines, Yarrow boilers, oil fired, dual screw
armament 3 x 4"/101.6 mm gun, 1 x 2 pdr. A.A, 2 x 21"/530 mm T.T.
power 24500  s.h.p.
speed 29  knots
yard no. 364
about the loss
cause lost mine
date lost 09/08/1915  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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London & Glasgow Engineering & Iron Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Govan
British Royal Navy - Admiralty - RN, London
complement 75~77
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depth (m.) 55 max. / 40 min. (m)
war grave
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entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 09/08/2013
Lettens Jan01/10/2009
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Peppie15/07/2009HMS LYNX
Built 1912 London & Glasgow Shipbuilding Co
950 tons Acasta-class Destroyer
266.0 ft x 27.0 ft x 9.0 ft
2 shaft Parsons Turbines, 4 Yarrow boilers, 24,500 shp giving 29 knots.
8th August 1915  Sunk after striking a mine, 24 miles SE of Wick.
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007An Acasta class destroyer, (Commander J F Cole RN), of 935 tons was mined in the Moray Firth, Scotland, with the loss of 70. There were 20 survivors.
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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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