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HMS Venturous (D87)
HMS Venturous (D87)
HMS Venturous sometime between January and September 1918, when her pennant number was F21. She has a gun painted on a canvas screen aft to conceal her minelaying capabilities.
Career (United Kingdom)
Class and type: Admiralty V-class destroyer
Name: HMS Venturous
Namesake: venturous
Ordered: July 1916[1]
Builder: William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland[1]
Laid down: 9 October 1916[2]
Launched: 21 September 1917[1]
Completed: 29 November 1917[2]
Fate: Transferred for scrapping 24 August 1936[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Admiralty V-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,272-1,339 tons
Length: 300 ft (91.4 m) o/a, 312 ft (95.1 m) p/p
Beam: 26 ft 9 in (8.2 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m) standard, 11 ft 3 in (3.4 m) deep
Propulsion: 3 Yarrow type Water-tube boilers
Brown-Curtis steam turbines
2 shafts, 27,000 shp
Speed: 34 kt
Range: 320-370 tons oil, 3,500 nmi at 15 kt, 900 nmi at 32 kt
Complement: 110

Pennant number:

  • F30 (1917)
  • F21 (January 1918)
  • F87 (September 1918)
  • D87

HMS Venturous (D87) was a V-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service in World War I.

Construction and commissioning

Venturous, the first Royal Navy ship of the name, was ordered in July 1916.[1] She was laid down on 9 October 1916[2] by William Denny and Brothers at Dumbarton, Scotland, and, per a British Admiralty order of 12 January 1917, fitted to carry 60 naval mines for operations as a minelayer. She was launched on 21 September 1917[1] and completed on 29 November 1917.[2] Her original pennant number, F30, assigned in 1917, became F21 in January 1918 and F87 in September 1918 before finally changing to D87.[1]

Service history

During World War I, Venturous took part in the first deployment of operational magnetic bottom mines when she joined the destroyers HMS Abdiel, HMS Tarpon, HMS Telemachus, HMS Vanoc (H33), and HMS Vanquisher (D54), escorted by eight other destroyers, in laying 234 Sinker Mk1(M) mines in the North Sea off the coast of Flanders, Belgium, about eight nautical miles (15 km) north of Dunkirk, France. German forces did not interfere with the operations. She also participated with Abdiel, Tarpon, Telemachus, and Vanquisher in the second operation to lay Sinker mines on 22 August 1918, in the North Sea off Flanders about 17 nautical miles (31 km) north of Zeebrugge, Belgium, supported by Royal Air Force aircraft which patrolled to prevent German aerial observation of the operation.[3]

As the result of a reorganization of Royal Navy destroyer flotillas in 1921, Venturous became part of the 9th Destroyer Flotilla along with the destroyer leaders HMS Douglas (D90), HMS Valentine (L69), and HMS Valkyrie (D61) and the destroyers HMS Vanessa (D29), HMS Verdun (L93), HMS Vesper (D55), HMS Vivien (L33), and HMS Whitley (L23). The entire flotilla was transferred to the Reserve Fleet on 4 April 1922 and laid up at Rosyth, Scotland, with reduced crews, but it was recommissioned on 8 April 1925 and renumbered as the 7th Destroyer Flotilla.[4]

Final disposition

After World War I, the United Kingdom received the passenger liner SS Bismarck from Germany in 1920 as a war reparation, and she was sold to the White Star Line, later the Cunard White Star Line, in which she served as RMS Majestic. In 1936, Cunard White Star retired Majestic and sold her to Thomas W. Ward for scrapping, but because of legal requirements imposed under the agreement transferring Majestic to the United Kingdom as a war prize, the British government instead took control of Majestic and assigned her to the Royal Navy. To pay Thomas W. Ward for Majestic, the Royal Navy agreed to transfer 24 old destroyers with a combined scrap value equivalent to that of Majestic to Thomas W. Ward for scrapping. Venturous was among these, and her transfer to Thomas W. Ward for scrapping took place on 24 August 1936. She was scrapped at Inverkeithing, Scotland.[1]


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