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Destroyer histories. Royal naval Tribal class destroyers. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Afridi, HMS Cossack, HMS Gurkha, HMS Maori, HMS Mohawk, HMS Nubian, HMS Zulu, HMS Ashanti, HMS Bedouin, HMS Eskimo, HMS Mashona, HMS Matabele, HMS Punjabi, HMS Sikh, HMS Somali, HMS Tartar, HMS Aunta, HMS Bataan, HMS Warramunga, HMS Athabaskan (i), HMS Haida, HMS Huron, HMS Iroquois, HMS Cayuga, HMS Micmac, HMS Nookta and HMS Athbaskan (ii) from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of Tribal Class destroyers.

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HMS Afridi   F.07 8th June 1937 Sunk on 3rd May 1940.
HMS Ashanti   F.51 5th November 1937 Broken up 1949.
HMS Bedouin  F.67 21st December 1937 Sunk on 15th June 1942.
HMS Cossack   F.03 8th June 1937 Sunk 27th October 1941.
HMS Eskimo  F.75 3rd September 1937 Broken up 1949.
HMS Gurkha  F.20 7th July 1937 Sunk on 9th April 1940.
HMS Maori   F.24 2nd September 1937 Sunk on 12th February 1942.
HMS Mashona  F.59 3rd September 1937 Sunk on 28th May 1941.
HMS Matabele  F.26 6th October 1937 Sunk on 17th January 1941.
HMS Mohawk  F.31 5th October 1937 Sunk on 16th April 1941.
HMS Nubian  F.36 21st December 1937 Broken up 1949.
HMS Punjabi  F.21 18th December 1937 Involved in a collision on 1st May 1942.
HMS Sikh  F.82 17th December 1937 Sunk on 14th September 1942.
HMS Somali   F.33 24th August 1937 Sunk on 24th September 1942.
HMS Tartar  F.43 21st October 1937 Broken up 1948.
HMS Zulu  F.18 23rd September 1937 Sunk on 14th September 1942.
HMS Arunta  I.30  RAN 30th November 1940 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Foundered on 13th February 1969.
HMS Bataan I.91 RAN ex Kurnai 15th January 1944 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Broken up 1958.
HMS Warramunga  I.44  RAN 6th February 1942 Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy. Broken up 1963.
HMS Athabaskan (i) G07  RCN ex Iroquois 18th November 1941 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. Sunk 29th April 1944.
HMS Haida  G.63   RCN 25th August 1942 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. Preserved in 1964.
HMS Huron  G.24  RCN 25th June 1942 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. Broken up at Spezia August 1965
HMS Iroquois    G.89 RCN ex Athabaskan 23rd September 1941 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. Broken up 1966.
HMS Athabaskan (ii)  R.79 14th May 1946 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. Broken up 1969 in Italy
HMS Cayuga  R.04  RCN 28th July 1945 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. Broken up  October 1964. at Faslane
HMS Micmac  R.10 RCN 18th September 1943 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. Broken up October 1964.  at Faslane
HMS Nookta  R.96  RCN 26th April 1944 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. Broken up October 1964. at Faslane

HMS Afridi

HMS Afridi pictured in January 1938   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Afridi  ?Walker Archive

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HMS Afridi firing a torpedo.

Sent in by Colin Jones

HMS Ashanti

HMS Ashanti. Contributed by email.

HMS Ashanti, off Seydisfjord, Iceland, June 1942.

Contributed by Ed Chatwin.

HMS Bedouin

HMS Bedouin.    ?Walker Archive

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HMS Cossack

HMS Cossack.

Cossack is famous for the successful release of 300 British prisoners from the Nazi slave ship 'Altmark' in the Joessing Fjord, Norway on 16th February 1940.    ?Walker Archive

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HMS Eskimo

HMS Eskimo pictured c.1941.   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Maori

Information about the Tribal Class Destroyer - HMS Maori
Supplied by Jules Christian, Chairman of the BSAC 1818. Sharks, Malta


Front half of HMS Maori is currently at 13 metres under water at Marsamaxett Harbour, Valletta and is now a famous scuba-diving wreck. After being virtually destroyed on convoy duty, she was then even more severely damaged in Valletta harbour in an air-raid whilst being repaired and was subsequently "written off". On being towed stern first out of Valletta to be "dumped" over the 100 metre line, the bow half started to break from the "towed" stern and to avoid blocking the main channel, she was moved over to her present position. The stern section separated (or was separated) and "dumped" according to plan. There are B&W pictures available of her (in operational condition) if required Jules Christian Chairman BSAC 1818. Sharks, Malta

HMS Mashona

Ships company from HMS Mashona, date unknown. Kindly sent in by Jerry Proc.

HMS Mashona pictured c.1938.   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Mohawk

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HMS Mohawk.

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HMS Mohawk. 

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HMS Sikh

HMS Sikh (L82) pictured c.1937 - she was sunk in September 1942.   ?Walker Archive

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HMS Sikh.    ?Walker Archive

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HMS Somali

HMS Somali.

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HMS Somali.

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Russian Convoy Somali about five minutes after being torpedoed with Tartar standing by. The Ashanti towed the Somali for three days before she broke the tow and sunk in the night.  Probably taken on 20th Sept 1942. (taken from HMS Ashanti)

Contributed by Ed Chatwin.

HMS Somali on a Russian convoy, 25th May 1942.

Contributed by Ed Chatwin.

HMS Gurkha

HMS Gurkha pre 1940.     ?Walker Archive

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HMS Tartar

HMS Tartar.      ?Walker Archive

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HMS Micmac

HMCS Micmac (R10) used by the Canadian Navy until scrapped at Faslane in 1964. Photograph sent in by Jim Poteet.

 

Specifications for HMS Afridi, HMS Cossack, HMS Gurkha, HMS Maori, HMS Mohawk, HMS Nubian, HMS Zulu, HMS Ashanti, HMS Bedouin, HMS Eskimo, HMS Mashona, HMS Matabele, HMS Punjabi, HMS Sikh, HMS Somali & HMS Tartar.

 

Displacement:  1,870 tons.   Speed: 36kts    Complement: 190 (219 for Afridi, Cossack, Somali & Tartar)

Armament: Eight 4.7 inch guns in pairs, four 2 pdr anti-aircraft guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours and four 21 inch torpedo tubes in fours.

 

HMS Cossack  Built by Vickers Armstrong and launched on 8th June 1937  at the outbreak of War the Cossack served in Home waters and also in the Mediterranean. She was torpedoed and sunk by U.563 in the North Atlantic on the 23rd of October 1941.

 

 

Specifications for Arunta, Bataan, Warramunga, Athabaskan I & II, Haida, Huron, Iroquois, Cayuga, Micmac and Nookta.

 

Displacement: 1,927 tons    Speed: 36kts    Complement: 240 (250 on Arunta, Bataan and Warramunga)

Armament: Six 4.7 inch guns, two 4 inch anti-aircraft guns, four 2 pdr anti-aircraft guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours (Cayuga & Athabaskan II had eight 4 inch guns, four 40mm anti-aircraft guns, four 20mm anti-aircraft guns in pairs) and four 21 inch torpedo tubes in fours.

 

HMS Mohawk & HMS Athabaskan were torpedoed by destroyers. HMS Cossack, HMS Matabele & HMS Somali were sunk by U-boats. HMS Sikh was sunk by shore batteries. HMS Bedouin sustained gunfire damaged and was eventually sunk by an aircraft.