Saturday, 8 July 2017

British destroyers HMS Duchess sunk in collision with British battleship HMS Barham according to the Dutch newspaper Soerabaijsch handelsblad dated 15 December 1939

Queen Elizabeth-class battleships

An item dated London, England 14th referred to an announcement of the British admiralty reporting that the destroyer Duchess (2) sunk after colliding with another British warship.(2) It was feared that the entire crew was killed except for one officer and 22 lower ranked crewmembers.

1. The H64. Building ordered on 2 February 1931, laid down by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Jarrow, England on 12 June 1931, launched on 19 July 1932, completed on 27 January 1933, commissioned on 24 January 1933 and sunk after a collision with the British battleship GMS Barham in thick foggy weather with the loss of 124 men.
2. The battleship HMS Barham of the Queen-Elizabeth-class consisting of the Queen Elizabeth, Malaya, Warspite, Valiant, Barham, Malaya and the in 1914 cancelled Agincourt. Preceded by the Iron Duke-class and succeeded by the Revenge-class. Pennant 04. Laid down at John Brown, Clydebank, Scotland on 24 February 1913, launched on 31 October 1914, commissioned on 19 October 1915, modernized 1921-1922, November 1924-January 1925, begin 1928 and January 1931-January 1934 and sunk in the Mediterranean after leaving Alexandria, Egypt on the 24th taking with her 862 men after she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-311 on 25 November 1941.