Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Ambuscade
Original Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Scotstoun, Glasgow
Original Yard No: 1498
Vessel Type: destroyer
Year Built: 1926
Arrival Date: 10/03/1947
Breakup Started: 15/03/1927
Date First Beached: 27/07/1947
Date Breakup Completed: 28/11/1947
Draught For’d: 6' 0"
Draught Aft: 10' 0"
12-06-1924 : Ordered by The Admiralty Pennant No. : D 38 / I 38
08-12-1924 : Keel laid down
15-01-1926 : Launched
September 1926 : Completed
April 1927 : Commissioned
Dimensions : 98.1 metres x 9.5 metres DWT : 1,585 tons
Propulsion : Steam turbines giving the vessel a speed of 37.66 knots during Trials
Engaged on Fleet duties in Home Waters and in the Mediterranean up until 1937 then paid off due to onging problems with her machinery – particularly her turbines. Replacement of her machinery was deferred until 1939 and completed in 1940. However, her war service was being continually interupted with further and ongoing machinery problems that relegated the vessel to non-operational use.
However, she provided sterling service as a convoy escort vessel, servicing no less than 22 Convoys between 1940 and 1943, despite the high frequency of her engine breakdowns, refits, etc.
By 1945 she had been reduced to a Trials Ship and employed on Shock Trials around the Clyde area. Thereafter she was reduced to the Reserve Fleet at Barrow, destored and paid off.
On 23-11-1946 she was sold to BISCO for breaking and towed to the West of Scotland Shipbreaking facilities at Troon where she arrived in March 1947.