HMS Ambuscade

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Ambuscade


Original Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Scotstoun, Glasgow

Original Yard No: 1498

Official Number:

Vessel Type: destroyer

GRT: 1173

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"

Name Changes:

Other Information:

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.