Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Icarus
Original Builder: John Brown Shipbuilders and Engineers, Clydebank, Glasgow
Original Yard No: 547
Vessel Type: destroyer
Year Built: 1937
Arrival Date: 29/08/1946
Breakup Started: 31/08/1946
Date First Beached: 04/06/1946
Date Breakup Completed: 05/09/1947
Draught For’d: 7' 6"
Draught Aft: 13' 0"
An I-Class Destroyer
Twin-SCrew I-Class Destroyer for the Royal Navy from the Yard of John Brown of Clydebank – Pennant D-03
Length : 323 ft (98.5 mts)
Beam : 33 ft (10.1 mts)
Draught: 12.4 ft (3.8 mts)
Ordered : 14-11-1935
Laid Down : 13-03-1936
Launched : 26-11-1936
Completed : 03-05-1937
Propulsion : Parson's geared steam turbines driving two shafts, 34,000 SHP, delivering 36 knots
Boilers : 3 x Admiralty 3-Drum watertube Boilers
HMS Icarus was involved in many of the war theatres :
1939 : North Sea
1939 – 1944 : Atlantic Ocean
1940 : Narvik
1940-1941 : Norway
1941 : Dunkirk
1941 : Bismarck Action
1941-1942 : Arctic Ocean
1942 : Mediterranean – Malta Convoys including Operation Pedestal
1944 : Normandy
1945 : English Channel
HMS Icarus was involved in the destruction of the following German U-Boats :
October 1939 : U-45 in the Western Approaches
November 1939 : U-35 in the North Sea
March 1944 : U-744 in the North Atlantic
January 1945 : U-1199 in the English Channel
One of the most poignant incidents in her war at sea took place in May 1941 when, along with the Destroyers Achates, Antelope, Anthony, Echo and Electra, HMS Icarus was assigned to escort the Battlecruiser HMS Hood and the battleship HMS Prince of Wales which were on alert to cover the Northern Approaches to prevent the German Battleship 'Bismark' breaking out into the Atlantic.
At 06:01 hours on the morning of 24th May 1941 HMS Hood blew up when a 38mm shell from Bismarck struck her after magazine causing a huge explosion and the sinking of this capital ship in under two minutes.
When the Destroyers Electra, Icarus and Anthony arrived at the scene, instead of finding hundeds of men in the water, only three survivors, out of a total complement of 94 officers and 1,321 ratings were found alive.
HMS Icarus was paid off on 29th August 1946 and, on 29th October 1946, was handed over to BISCO for breaking.