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HMS MAORI

 

 
TYPE:  Tribal class destroyer
Length: 377 ft.
Beam: 36.5 ft.
Draught: 9 ft.
 
Displacement: Standard: 1959 tons. Full load: 2519
Engine: 3 Admiralty type 3 drum boilers and two Parson, reaction type, single induction steam turbines collectively deliver 46,000 shaft horse power to twin propellers.
Endurance: 5,700 Nautical miles at 15 knots.
Speed: 36 knots
Armament: Eight, 4.7 in. (4x2) guns; four 2 pounder “pompom” (1x4); eight 0.5 inch machine guns (2x4); Mk IX torpedoes; thirty depth charges
Crew:  between 190 up to 219
Pennant numbers:  L24 October 1938-December1938; F24 January 1939-Autumn 1940; G24 Autumn 1940-February 1941
 

History:
In 1934 the British Admiralty evaluated the possible threats posed by Japanese and Italian destroyers much bigger in size that the one used in the British Navy.
It was thus decided to launch a new generation of destroyers larger and more powerful in order to provide a steady platform for the extra guns required for adequate defence against the ships of those foreign navies. No fewer than eight designs were prepared before one could be found to satisfy all requirements.

Cole wanted a good looking ship in the hope that the men on board would be proud of her appearance.   The Tribal Class Destroyers were Born...
 

The HMS MAORI was ordered on the 10th March 1936 at the Fairfield Shipbuilding Co, Govan. Laid down on the 6th of July 1936, launched 2nd September 1937 and commissioned on the 5th December 1938.  
She joined HMS Cossack’s division in January 1939, and was the last Tribal to go to war in the Mediterranean. She joined her sister Tribals in convoy escort duties before returning to the United Kingdom in October. She did mostly North Sea patrols until April 1940 when she took part in the Norwegian campaign. On the 5th of June, she was part of a fleet sailing to Iceland looking for German warships and then on June 20th she was sent to the Faeroe Islands.

 

In January 1941, the HMS MAORI joined HMS COSSACK, HMS SIKH and HMS ZULU, in convoy escort duty in the Western Approaches. While engaged in this work, the destroyers participated in the search of the BISMARK. The HMS MAORI was one of the ships to recover the survivors from the German battleship.

 

Towards the end of 1941 the Admiralty decided to reinforce the 14th destroyer flotilla in the eastern Mediterranean, so HMS SIKH and HMS MAORI were promptly dispatched. While in support of Force ”K”, the Malta striking force, HMS MAORI participated in the sinking of the Italian cruisers ALBERICO da BARBIANO & ALBERTO di GUISSANO. Force “K” was decimated in a mine field off Tripoli, it was therefore decided that the HMS MAORI would be based in Malta with HMS SIKH & ZULU (22 destroyer flotilla) acting as a surface striking force, and would provide support for convoys leaving and entering Malta.

 

On 12th February 1941, while anchored at the entrance of Dockyard Creek, she was hit by a bomb that found it’s way into her Engine and Gear Room.

 

The Tribal blew up and despite all effort to save her sank, her forepart still showing above water. After taking what could be saved from the wreck in order to defend Malta against the German constant attacks, the wreck was scuttled outside Grand Harbour, the front half now lying in 14 m of water inside Marsamxetto Harbour

 

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