HMS Fortune (1913)

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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} HMS Fortune was an Acasta-class destroyer, and the twenty-first ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name. She was launched in 1913 and was sunk at the battle of Jutland in 1916.

Pennant Numbers[edit]

Pennant Number[1] From To
H30 6 December 1914   31 May 1916

Construction[edit]

She was laid down under the 1911–1912 construction programme by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company and launched on 17 March 1913.[1] She was temporarily renamed HMS Kismet in October 1913, but this was reverted shortly afterwards.[1]

Career[edit]

She joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla on completion and served with the Grand Fleet on the outbreak of World War I.

Loss[edit]

She was sunk on 1 June 1916 at the Battle of Jutland, under command of Lt Cdr F G Terry. About 11:30pm she came under heavy fire from German battleships, including SMS Westfalen.[2] Hits from the secondary armament of Westfalen caused overwhelming damage and she went down on fire with 67 men. One man was rescued.[3] The wrecksite is designated as a protected place[4] under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

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