|Length||323 feet (oa)|
4 4.7" guns (4x1) 2 2pdr AA (2x1) 8 21" torpedo tubes (2x4)
|Max speed||35 knots|
|Engines||Geared turbines, 2 shafts|
|Notes on class|
The specifications as listed above are for the 'normal' A-class destroyers. HMS Codrington was fitted as flotilla leader and had some different specifications; Displacement: 1540 BRT Complement: 185 men Lenght: 343 feet (oa) Armament: 5 4.7" guns (5x1) 2 2pdr AA (2x1) 8 21" torpedo tubes (2x4) Power: 39000 HP Unfortunately Codrington had a large turning circle, much greater than the rest of the class. The result was that there were some difficulties when manoeuvring her flotilla.
During the conflict the surviving ships underwent changes such as a 3" AA gun in lieu of the after bank of torpedo tubes and 20mm Oerlikon AA guns in the bridge wings.
The Canadian ships HMCS Saguenay and HMCS Skeena were a slightly modified design with heavier plating around the bow so they could operate in waters where there was a risk of Ice, they were not fitted or intended to be icebreakers.
All ships of the A class
|HMCS Saguenay (D 79)|
|HMCS Skeena (D 59)||Lost on 25 Oct 1944|
|HMS Acasta (H 09)||Lost on 8 Jun 1940|
|HMS Achates (i) (H 12)||Lost on 31 Dec 1942|
|HMS Acheron (i) (H 45)||Lost on 17 Dec 1940|
|HMS Active (H 14)|
|HMS Antelope (H 36)|
|HMS Anthony (H 40)|
|HMS Ardent (H 41)||Lost on 8 Jun 1940|
|HMS Arrow (H 42)|
|HMS Codrington (D 65)||Lost on 27 Jul 1940|
See all Destroyer classes.
The last stand of the tin can sailors
Hornfischer, James D.
Books dealing with this subject include:
200,000 Miles Aboard the Destroyer Cotten, Robinson, C. Snelling, 1999