HMS Mameluke (1915)

HMS Mameluke (1915) was an M class destroyer that served with the Twelfth then Third Flotillas of the Grand Fleet, but that missed Jutland as she was undergoing a refit.

The Mameluke was a Admiralty type repeat M class destroyer that was ordered in the Second War Programme of early November 1914. She was laid down by Brown on 23 December 1914, launched on 14 August 1915 and completed in October 1915.

The Mameluke was listed in the December 1915 and January 1916 Navy Lists but not allocated to any formation.


From February 1916 to August 1918 the Mameluke was part of the Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet.

The Mameluke was undergoing a refit at the time of Jutland, so missed the battle.


On 8 January 1917 the Mameluke collided with the barge Duke in Wallasey Dock on the Wirral.


From November-December 1918 she was part of the Third Destroyer Flotilla of the Grand Fleet.

Post War

In the January 1920 Navy List the Mameluke was listed as being in the reserve at Devonport, served by the depot ship Apollo, and manned by a care and maintenance party, and as a tender to HMS Vivid. At this date HMS Vivid was the name given to the depot ship for the Devonport Navy barracks. Unlike many ships in the reserve she still had an officer in charge, sub-lieutenant Arthur R. Pressy of the Royal Canadian Navy.

The Mameluke was sold to be broken up in September 1921.

Service Record
February 1916-August 1918: 12th Destroyer Flotilla, Grand Fleet
November 1918-December 1918: 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Grand Fleet

Displacement (standard)

1,025t (Admiralty design)
985t (Thornycroft)
895t (Yarrow)

Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

34 knots


3-shaft Brown-Curtis or Parsons turbines
3 Yarrow boilers




273ft 4in (Admiralty)
274ft 3in (Thornycroft)
270ft 6in (Yarrow)


26ft 8ft (Admiralty)
27ft 3in (Thornycroft)
24ft 7.5in (Yarrow)


Three 4in/ 45cal QF Mk IV
Two 1-pounder pom pom
One 2-pounder pom pom
Four 21-in torpedo tubes

Crew complement


Laid down

23 December 1914


14 August 1915


October 1915

Sold for break up

September 1921

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