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HMS Scott (1917)
HMS Scott
HMS Scott
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Scott
Namesake: Sir Walter Scott
Ordered: April 1916
Launched: 18 October 1917
Fate: Sunk, 15 August 1918
General characteristics
Class & type: Admiralty type destroyer leader
Displacement: 1,801 long tons (1,830 t)
Length: 332 ft 6 in (101.35 m)
Beam: 31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)
Draught: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Installed power: 40,000 ihp (30,000 kW)
Propulsion: 2 × steam engines
2 × shafts
Speed: 36.5 kn (42.0 mph; 67.6 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (5,800 mi; 9,300 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h)
Complement: 164-183
Armament: 5 × BL 4.7 in (120 mm) Mk I guns, 6 × 21 inch torpedo tubes
Notes: Prototype flotilla leader

HMS Scott was the first of a new destroyer leader class built to be flotilla leaders for the V- and W-class destroyers. She was ordered during the First World War in 1916, and the class would unofficially be named after her. The ship herself was the first to bear the name Scott and was named after Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet.[1]

Career

Scott was launched on 18 October 1917; on 15 August 1918, however, she was sunk off the Dutch coast — less than a year after entering service. The cause of her sinking is unclear, it is assumed that a German U-boat torpedoed and sunk her, however it is also possible that she hit a mine. Regardless of cause, the German submarine UC-17 — which had been patrolling and mining the area — is usually credited with her sinking.[2]

Legacy

Although Scott did not have a fulfilling career, the "Scott-class" was a rather successful class. Five of the class survived the First World War, and two more were subsequently completed. Six saw action throughout the Second World War (Stuart with the Royal Australian Navy) and none were lost in that conflict.

Wreck

The wreck of Scott is approximately 20 nmi (23 mi; 37 km) off the Dutch coast. The wreck lies upright with the stern in 35 m (115 ft) of water, and the bow in 28 m (92 ft). The keel and the engines are still visible.[citation needed]

References

  1. David A Thomas, A companion to the Royal Navy, 1988, ISBN 0-245-54572-7
  2. Uboat.net

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