HMS Nubian


The Ship

Cut in two by Torpedo 26 October 1916

Originally built in 1909 and 1910, the Tribal-class destroyers were part of the Dover Patrol, a hard-pressed flotilla of smaller ships charged with protecting Allied shipping between England and the Continent from German submarines and destroyers operating out of Ostend and Zeebrugge, Belgium. Following a raid on the night of October 26-27, 1916, Nubian (Commander Montague Bernard) was dispatched with other destroyers to contact the Germans. Outmaneuvered by the faster German vessels, Nubian's bow was blown off by a torpedo. Taken in tow, the rope broke and she went aground off Dover, eventually losing the rest of her forepart. Twelve days later, HMS Zulu struck a mine in mid-Channel and lost her stern, the remainder being taken in tow by a French torpedo-boat destroyer to Calais. The two halves were joined at Chatham in 1917, and Zubian served with distinction for the duration of the war. She was broken up at Sunderland in 1919.

My Postcards

Not postally used.
Postcard series: R Perkins


Not postally used but information regarding HMS Nubian on reverse.
Postcard series: WHS - Kingsway Real Photo, Kingsway Real Photo Series
Series number: S 7473


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