HMS Lizard (1911)

HMS Lizard was an Acheron-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She is named for the Lizard peninsula in the county of Cornwall in England. and was the twelfth ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name.

History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Lizard
Builder: Cammell Laird and Company of Birkenhead
Laid down: 1 January 1911
Launched: 10 October 1911[1]
Fate: Sold 4 November 1921[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Acheron-class destroyer
Displacement: 990 tons
Length: 75 m (246 ft)
Beam: 7.8 m (26 ft)
Draught: 2.7 m (8.9 ft)
Propulsion:
  • Three shaft Parsons Turbines
  • Three Yarrow boilers (oil fired)
  • 13,500 shp
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h)
Complement: 72
Armament:

Pennant numbers

Pennant Number[1]FromTo
H586 December 1914  1 January 1918
H601 January 1918Early 1919
H62Early 19194 November 1921

Construction

Lizard was laid down on 1 January 1911 during the building programme of 1910–11 by Cammell Laird and Company of Birkenhead. She was launched on 10 October 1911.[1] She had two funnels, each with red and white funnel bands. Capable of 28 knots (52 km/h), she carried two 4-inch (102 mm) guns, other smaller guns and 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes and had a complement of 72 men.

Operational history

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.[2]

Battle of Jutland

Lizard took part in the Battle of Jutland as part of the First Destroyer Flotilla. She survived the battle unscathed and with no known casualties.

Goeben and Breslau

On 19 January 1918 the two German-Turkish ships SMS Breslau and Goeben passed through the Dardanelles to the Aegean. The two ships were shadowed by a Royal Navy flotilla that was stationed there to intercept them, of which Lizard was a part, along with Raglan, M28 and Tigress. The German ships outgunned their opposition, sinking the two monitors, M28 and Raglan, but subsequently ran into a minefield. Breslau struck a mine and sank immediately, with the loss of 330 men. Goeben was damaged but managed to escape. Prior to this she had taken part in the 1917, Battle of Jaffa.

Otranto Barrage

During April 1918, as part of the 1918 Naval campaign in the Adriatic, Lizard was deployed to the Corfu division of the Otranto Barrage destroyer patrol.[3]

Disposal

Lizard was sold on 4 November 1921[4] to Rees of Llanelli for breaking.[1]

References

  1. ""Arrowsmith" List: Royal Navy WWI Destroyer Pendant Numbers". Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  2. "Battle of Heligoland Bight - Order of Battle (World War 1 Naval Combat website)". Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  3. Halpern, Paul G (2004). The Battle of the Otranto Straits: Controlling the Gateway to the Adriatic in World War I. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-34379-6.
  4. "Battleships-Cruisers.co.uk website - Acheron Class". Retrieved 1 July 2008.
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