HMS Berwick

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HMS Berwick, was built by Beardmore at Dalmuir on the Clyde. laid down on the 19th April 1901 and launched 20th September 1902. completed 9th December 1903.  Joined the Home Fleet and served in the Portsmouth Division of the home fleet. That on 2nd April 1908, The Portsmouth division of the home Fleet under the command of rear- Admiral Farquhar  flying his flag on HMS Prince George. left Portsmouth for exercise in the Channel. With the Torpedo -Flotilla following later with orders to attack the squadron after darkness had fallen. A little after 8 pm the destroyers attacked the fleet, 18 miles south of St Catherine's with their lights out. During the attack HMS Tiger while crossing the bows of HMS Berwick was struck by the cruisers ram and cut completely in two. The fore end of the destroyer sank almost at once, the after part remaining afloat long enough for 13 men to be rescued form it. in all 22 of her crew were saved, but 28 were lost, including Lt W E Middleton, who was in command.   HMS Berwick was finally sold for scrapping in 1920

Displacement: 9800 tons,  Speed: 23 knots.  Compliment: 678  Armament: Fourteen 6 inch Quick firing guns, , ten 12 pdr QF guns,  Three 3 pdr QF  and Two 18-nch torpedo tubes submerged. 

HMS Berwick - Name History

The eighth ?Berwick? is a 14-gun twin-screw cruiser, launched at Beardmore?s Yard in 1902.  She is of 9800 tons, 22,000 horsepower, and 23 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 440ft, 66ft, and 24ft.  On April 2nd, 1908, the ?Berwick? commanded by Captain W.C.M. Nicholson, collided with and sank the destroyer ?Tiger? off the Isle of Wight, during night manoeuvres.  Unhappily the lives of Lieutenant and Commander Middleton, and thirty-four others, were lost in this unfortunate accident.

HMS Berwick

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HMS Berwick.

HMS Berwick 

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HMS Berwick.

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HMS Berwick. 

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HMS Berwick.

HMS Berwick.

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