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Destroyer histories. Royal naval B class destroyers. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Keith, HMS Basilisk, HMS Blanche, HMS Boadicea, HMS Boreas, HMS Brazen, HMS Brilliant and HMS Bulldog from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of B Class destroyers.

HMS BULLDOG.   Built by Swan Huner and Wallsend and launched 6th December 1930. Bulldog served in the Mediterranean and east Indies to 1940 then joining Home Waters mostly in the western Approaches. HMS Bulldog had Hedgehogg mounted instead of one of her guns and in the forward area of the ship she had a 2 pounder mounted to engage E - boats.  She survived the war and was scrapped at Rosyth March 1946

Displacement: 1360 tons. standard and up to 1815 tons deep load.  Speed: 35knnots,  Compliment: 138  Armament: Four 4.7 inch guns  and two 2 pounder pompoms Eight 21 inch Torpedo Tubes in two sets of four.

HMS Basilisk   H.11 6th August 1930 Sunk 1st June 1940.
HMS Blanche  H.47 29th May 1930 Sunk 13th November 1939.
HMS Boadicea   H.65 23rd September 1930 Sunk 13th June 1944.
HMS Boreas    H.77 18th July 1930 Sold to Greece 1944.
HMS Brazen  H.80 25th July 1930 Sunk 20th July 1940.
HMS Beagle H.30 29th September 1930  Scrapped at Rosyth June 1946
HMS Brilliant   H.84 9th October 1930 Broken up 1947.
HMS Bulldog   H.91 6th December 1930 Broken up 1946.
HMS Keith   H.06 10th July 1930 Sunk 1st June 1940.

HMS Basilisk

HMS Basilisk, 1930s.

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HMS Basilisk pictured in 1930

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HMS Basilisk.   ©Walker Archive

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HMS Blanche

HMS Blanche, 1931.

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HMS Blanche, January 1938.

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HMS Blanche.

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HMS Blanche.

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HMS Boadicea

HMS Boadicea, January 1938.

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HMS Boadicea  ©Walker Archive

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HMS Boadicea  c.1933

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HMS Boreas

HMS Boreas .

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HMS Boreas, January 1938.

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HMS Brazen

HMS Brazen, July 1935.

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HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle.

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HMS Beagle, July 1935.

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HMS Beagle.

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H30 HMS Beagle.

3 other destroyers, including HMS Boreas in the centre.

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HMS Bulldog

HMS Bulldog, May 1937.

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HMS Bulldog, July 1935.

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HMS Bulldog pictured c.1930.   ©Walker Archive

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HMS Bulldog. Contributed by John Ward

HMS Keith

HMS Keith, 1931.

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HMS Keith, July 1935.

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HMS Keith pictured c.1930   ©Walker Archive

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HMS Keith. Contributed by John Ward

 

B Class destroyers from left to right :

HMS Blanche, HMS Beagle, HMS Brazen, HMS Brilliant, HMS Boadicea, HMS Bulldog, HMS Basilisk and one other.  

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Specifications for HMS Keith

 

Displacement: 1,400 tons   Speed: 35kts    Complement: 175

Armament: Four 4.7 inch guns, two 2 pdr anti-aircraft guns and eight 21 inch torpedo tubes.

 

Specifications for the rest:

 

Displacement: 1,360 tons   Speed: 35kts    Complement: 138

Armament: Four 4.7 inch guns, two 2 pdr anti-aircraft guns and eight 21 inch torpedo tubes.

 

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HMS BASILISK

HARRY METCALFE..  I am interested in an information anyone may have regarding my father HARRY Metcalfe who was an able seaman serving on HMS Basilisk in 1937.  I can be contacted on yorkie.metcalfe@btinternet.com 

HMS KEITH.. 

HENRY JOHN DAVIS.. I am interested in any information that anyone might have concerning my granddad, Henry Davis, who served as Stoker Petty Officer on the Keith when it was sunk. Contact me at Tojamade@aol.com 

 ALBERT TONGUE.. I would like information about my great uncle who was on board HMS Keith at Dunkirk where he was killed. If you knew Albert or have any other information please contact me at nao@blueyonder.co.uk 

HMS BULLDOG

WILLIAM TEARE... My late uncle served on Bulldog in 41-43 I think. His name was William TEARE, I would love to hear from anyone who served with him. paulteare@hotmail.com  

HAROLD ASLING... Hi, I am looking for anyone who served with my father on the bulldog during the last 3 years of the war, his name is Harold Asling, he was able seaman 1st class and was a gunner, he was decorated for saving a sailors life in the Indian Ocean, he was born in Brixton, I hope you can help as I'm making up a gift for my fathers birthday and I know the navy was a huge part of his like, regards Linda Fox.   Greenedeyedfox15@aol.com

..   A letter recently came into my possession, it is dated the 6th July 1938 and is addressed to R Trevail Mess 2  HMS Bulldog  c/o GPO London. It is rather touching with family details written by Reuben Trevail's mother. Please can you tell me anything further. Contact Jon Choppin at Jonchoppin@aol.com 

ALLAN CAVERS... I am looking for anyone who was aboard HMS Bulldog when she captured U110 on May 9th 1941. In particular anyone who knew Lt Allan Cavers who spent at least 3½ years aboard the Bulldog from January 1938. If you have any information contact Glenn 

HMS BOADICEA. 

I am researching the WW2 'B' Class Destroyer HMS Boadicea.  I have exhausted all www. references off the internet and am looking for other information regarding the men who served and died on her, pictures, stories and historical references.  Thanks,  mike@mpjackson.fsnet.co.uk

 GEORGE CAIN.  I am looking for the history of HMS Boadicea from 1930-44 when she sank. Also information on the crew to find out what happened to them. Contact me Helen Schofield at jane_helen6@hotmail.com 

 

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