HMS Amazon

The Ship

Sold for Scrap 1919

Tribal class or "F" class destroyers 1905 1908 programme. One of the policies of the first sea lord in 1904 was the production of an ocean

going destroyer which should have the following capabilities:-

A. Steam at 33 knots for 8 hrs in a moderate sea B. Burn oil fuel

C. Carry 2 x guns D. Carry 7 days provisions "later 4 days"

This was something of a revolution in ship design requirements for those days, being 7.5 knots faster than any previous design particularly when the then novel turbines had yet to be built and tested (only 8 types were in service). Tenders were at last taken up and building of the new "F" class began, divided into 3 separate groups. With no fewer than 7 different yards involved it is hardly surprising that few of the ships looked the same.

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