Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Blade
Original Builder: Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde of Vlissingen
Original Yard No: Not yet established
Vessel Type: Torpedo Gunboat
Year Built: 1917
Arrival Date: 23/10/1945
Breakup Started: 31/10/1945
Date First Beached: 20/11/1945
Date Breakup Completed: 20/12/1945
Draught For’d: 05' 00"
Draught Aft: 10' 00"
Name changed in May of 1943 to HMS Blade after transfer to the British Royal Navy.
Originally built as a seagoing Torpedo-Gunboat for the Royal Netherlands Navy and named Z 5 with Pennant No. H 97
18-02-1914 : Keel laid down
01-04-1915 : Launched
08-02-1917 : Commissioned
1932 : Converted to to a Patrol Vessel, altering her original shape and appearance.
Displacement : 263 tons Length : 58.5 metres (192 feet) Two 3 inch guns + A.A.
Propulsion : Two triple expansion steam engines, 3.000 HP. driving two screws to provide a speed of 22 knots
With the German occupation of the Netherlands, Z5 made her escape from Holland to the UK on 14th May 1940. She was transferred to the Royal Navy on 2nd March 1942 but not renamed until May 1943. Under the R.N. she served the role of a Naval Stores Ship and Submarine Tender to the 7th Flotilla. At the end of hostilities, she was returned to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 9th April 1945, but not re-commissioned. In October 1945 she was sold and scrapped at Troon as indicated above.