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Name: LAERTES launched as SARPEDON
Type: Destroyer
Keel: 06/07/1912
Launched: 06/06/1913
Completed: 21/10/1913
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 937
Dimensions: 965disp, 260.0 x 27.6 x 8.6(draft)ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines, Parsons type, 24,500shp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 31.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 3 x 1 x 4.0ins QF guns, 2 x 2 x 21.0ins torpedoes
History:
21/10/1913 British Royal Navy
01/12/1921 Broken up
Comments: A member of the LAFOREY class of destroyers
06/06/1913: Launched as SARPEDON
30/09/1913: Renamed LAERTES
24/08/1914: Damaged and immobilised at the Battle of Heligoland Bight
Towed back to the UK for repair
25/04/1916: Damaged by shellfire during German bombardment of Yarmouth & Lowestoft
01/12/1921: Sold for breaking up by Stanlee at Dover
08/03/1922: Arrived at the breakers after stranding during the tow.


Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo is copyright of the Imperial War Museum, Stephen Cribb collection