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HMS Fortune (1913)
HMS Fortune
HMS Fortune in pre-war black paint, and without pennant number
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Fortune
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan
Yard number: 488[1]
Launched: 17 March 1913
Fate: Sunk by Westfalen at Battle of Jutland on 1 June 1916
General characteristics
Class & type: Acasta-class destroyer
Displacement: 935 tons
Length: 267 ft 6 in (81.53 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Installed power: 24,500 ihp (18,300 kW)
  • Yarrow-type water-tube boilers
  • Parsons steam turbines
Speed: 29 kn (54 km/h)
Complement: 75

HMS Fortune was an Acasta-class destroyer, and the twenty-first ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name. She was launched in 1913 and was sunk at the battle of Jutland in 1916.

Pennant Numbers

Pennant Number[2] From To
H30 6 December 1914   31 May 1916


She was laid down under the 1911–1912 construction programme by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company and launched on 17 March 1913.[2] She was temporarily renamed HMS Kismet in October 1913, but this was reverted shortly afterwards.[2]


She joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla on completion and served with the Grand Fleet on the outbreak of World War I.


She was sunk on 1 June 1916 at the Battle of Jutland, under command of Lt Cdr F G Terry. About 11:30pm she came under heavy fire from German battleships, including SMS Westfalen.[3] Hits from the secondary armament of Westfalen caused overwhelming damage and she went down on fire with 67 men. One man was rescued.[1] The wrecksite is designated as a protected place[4] under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.


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