HMS Lapwing (1911)
HMS Lapwing was an Acheron-class destroyer of the Royal Navy that served during World War I and was sold for breaking in 1921. She was the seventh Royal Navy ship to be named after Vanellus vanellus, the northern lapwing.
|Builder:||Cammell Laird and Company, Birkenhead|
|Launched:||29 September 1911|
|Fate:||Sold 26 October 1921|
|Class and type:||Acheron-class destroyer|
|Length:||246 ft (75 m)|
|Beam:||26 ft (7.9 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Installed power:||13,500 shp (10,100 kW)|
|Speed:||27 kn (50 km/h)|
She was built under the 1910-11 shipbuilding programme by Cammell Laird and Company of Birkenhead. She had three Parsons turbines, and three Yarrows boilers. Capable of 27 knots, she carried two 4-inch guns, other smaller guns and two 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes and had a complement of 72 men. She was launched on 29 September 1911.
|H56||6 December 1914||1 January 1918|
|H48||1 January 1918||Early 1919|
|H09||Early 1919||9 May 1921|
The Battle of Heligoland Bight
She was present with First Destroyer Flotilla on 28 August 1914 at the Battle of Heligoland Bight, led by the light cruiser Fearless, and shared in the prize money for the battle. When HMS Laertes was seriously damaged and stopped in the water, Lapwing went to her aid under heavy fire. Lieutenant Commander Gye manoeuvred to pass a tow, but in getting underway the towing hawser parted. Laertes was saved only by the arrival of the battle cruiser Lion.
The Battle of Dogger Bank
On 24 January 1915, the First Destroyer Flotilla, including Lapwing, were present at the Battle of Dogger Bank, led by the light cruiser Aurora. Her crew shared in the Prize Money for the German armoured cruiser Blücher.
The Battle of Jutland
Lapwing, under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Alexander Gye, was present with her flotilla at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916.
From 1917 the Third Battle Squadron was deployed to the Mediterranean. She later took part in the Battle of Jaffa and was present at the entry of the Allied Fleet through the Dardanelles on 12 November 1918.
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