HMS Crusader


The Ship

Sold for Scrap 1920

HMS Crusader, built by White, was launched on 20/3/1909. She was sold for breaking up at Preston, 30/6/1920.

HMS Crusader,Tribal Class,during the First World War she served in the North Sea,English Channel and Dover Patrol with the 6th Destroyer Flotilla.

On 7/5/1915 she and her sister-ship, HMS Maori, were spotting for German batteries near Dunkirk, when HMS Maori was mined and started sinking. Her crew abandoned ship and HMS Crusader lowered her boats to go to the rescue. The German shore battery fire was so hot, HMS Crusader was forced further off shore and after an hour and a half, had to leave the scene, leaving at least some of her boats behind. 95 officers and crew and some of Crusader's boats crew were captured by the Germans and taken to Zeebrugge as POWs.

The Tribal or F class was a class of Destroyer built for the Royal Navy. Twelve ships were built Between 1905 and 1908 and all saw service during World War I, where they saw action in the North Sea and English Channel as part of the 6th Flotilla and Dover Patrols

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