HMS Zulu 1909-1919 (HMS Zubian)


The Ship

Sold for Scrap 1919

The first HMS Zulu was an Tribal (or F-) Class destroyer launched September 16, 1909 at Hawthorn Leslie Shipyard and commissioned in March, 1910.

General Characteristics
Displacement: 1027 tons
Length: 270 ft (82 m)
Beam: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Draft: 8.5 ft (2.6 m)
Engines: 4 boilers feeding steam turbines driving three screws
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h) maximum
Complement: 70
Armament: 2 x 4 inch (102 mm) guns, 2 x 18 inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes

HMS "Zulu's" stern was blown off by mine on 8th November 1916, but her forward section stayed afloat and was towed to harbour. Two weeks earlier, her Tribal-class sister ship "Nubian" had lost her bows after being struck by a torpedo. Incredibly the remaining sections of each vessel were joined together at Chatham Dockyard and the new composite ship commissioned as HMS "Zubian". She served until the end of the war, sinking the mine-laying U-boat UC-50 on 4 February 1918 off the coast of Essex, and was broken up at Sunderland in 1919.

My Postcards

Postally used 30 Jul 1915.
Postcard series: WHS - Kingsway Real Photo, Real Photograph Series
Series number: 7478


Not postally used but details of the ship are recorded on the reverse.
Postcard series: WHS - Kingsway Real Photo, Kingsway Real Photo Series
Series number: S 7478


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