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Name: NEGRO
Type: Destroyer
Keel:
Launched: 08/03/1916
Completed: 30/06/1916
Builder: Palmer's Ship Building & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Jarrow
Yard Number: 852
Dimensions: 994 - 1042disp, 269.0 x 27.5 x 8.8(draft)ft
Engines: Steam turbines, 25000shp
Engines by:
Propulsion: 3 x Screws, 34.0knots
Construction: Steel
Armament: 3 x 1 x 4.0ins, 3 x 1 x 2pdr guns, 2 x 2 x 21.0ins torpedoes
History:
30/06/1916 British Royal Navy
21/12/1916 Sank
Comments: Member of the Admiralty M Class of destroyers
21/12/1916: While escorting the Grand Fleet during a sweep,
the new destroyer HOSTE suffered a steering engine failure.
She was ordered back to Scapa escorted by the destroyer NEGRO.
Off the Orkney Islands the weather worsened and the temporary repairs
to the HOSTE's steering failed and she sheered to starboard.
The NEGRO was only 400yds astern and ran into her aft end.
The collision knocked two depth charges off HOSTE, which exploded.
The explosion blew in the bottom of NEGRO, which sank quickly.
HOSTE was also seriously damaged and she sank later.
50 crew from the two ships died.