Allied Warships


Shakespeare class

3 ships

The destroyer HMS Wallace (L 64) of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

Displacement1554 BRT 
Length329 feet (oa) 
Complement164 men 

Broke and Keppel;
5 4.7" guns (5x1)
1 3" AA gun
6 x 21" torpedo tubes (2x3)

Wallace (as fast escort);
4 4" AA guns (2x2)
4 2pdr AA (1x4)
2 20mm AA (2x1)
8 .5" AA (2x4) 

Max speed33 knots
EnginesGeared steam turbines 
Power40000 hp 
Notes on class

Designed and built by Thornycroft as flotilla leaders for the V & W-class destroyers.

HMS Shakespeare and HMS Spencer were decommissioned in the 30's and sold for scrap in 1936.

4 additional destroyers (Spragge, Barrington, Hughes and Saunders) of this class were cancelled after the end of WWI in Dec 1918.

HMS Wallace was reconstructed to a fast escort more or less on the same lines as the Admiralty V & W-class fast escort conversions. She had however, being larger, more small AA machine guns.

HMS Broke and HMS Keppel were modified for escort duties during the war. 

All ships of the Shakespeare class

Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Broke (D 83) Lost on 8 Nov 1942
HMS Keppel (D 84 / I 84)

Fast escort

Royal Navy Royal Navy (more on Royal Navy)

HMS Wallace (L 64)

3 Destroyers of the Shakespeare class. 1 of them was lost.

See all Destroyer classes.

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