Destroyer HMS Meteor

The destroyer HMS Meteor belonged to the Thornycroft M-Class which consisted of six destroyers and was put into service shortly before and shortly after the beginning of the First World War.


Launching and design:

On February 1, 1913 an order of the British Admiralty to the company John I. Thornycroft & Company over two destroyers of the Thornycroft M-class. The construction of the ships was based on the Admiralty M-class, but you could distinguish the ships at the middle of the three chimneys at the Thornycroft was significantly thicker.

In addition to the first two ships that were commissioned before the First World War, four more ships were ordered in 1915 to be used against the German Navy.

The launch of the HMS Meteor took place on July 24, 1914, the commissioning on September 15, 1914.



HMS Meteor




Use in the war:

After commissioning and testing, the HMS Meteor was assigned to the Channel Fleet and was to check merchant ships in the English Channel, which wanted to go in the direction of the German Reich or in the other direction.

Thus, on October 17, 1914, the German hospital ship Ophelia was controlled that survivors of the battle of the German 7th torpedo boats half flotilla and British ships. When the Ophelia crew sank documents in the water, the ship was confiscated, placed under the Royal Navy, and renamed Huntley.

On January 24, 1915, a German federation led an advance on the Dogger Bank to attack the local British outpost vessels. Since the British were already informed about the project by the intercepted radio communication, they sent themselves a federation of the Grand Fleet to the Doggerbank to intercept the German ships. In the morning of the day, the two associations met, in the course of the battle, the HMS Meteor tried to sink the already severely damaged SMS Blücher with a torpedo. In the attack, the ship itself received a hit that destroyed the front engine room and four crew members died. After the battle, the motionless ship had to be towed back to Britain.

1917 was a major conversion to a mine-laying. After graduation, the transfer to the 20th flotilla took place, with no further deployments until the end of the war.





After the war, the ship was assigned to the reserve. The decommissioned in May 1921 with the subsequent sale and scrapping.




Ship data:


HMS Meteor


Great Britain

Ship Type:  


From 1917:


Thornycroft M-Class


Thornycroft, Southampton




July 24, 1914


September 15, 1914


On May 9, 1921 Sold and scrapped


84 meters


8,3 meters


3,2 meters


Max. 1.004 tons


78 men


2 Parsons turbines


26.500 PSw (35,8 MW)

Maximum speed:  

35 kn (65 km/h)




3 x 102 mm Mk.IV guns

1 x 2-pounder anti-aircraft guns

4 x 21 inch torpedo tubes
in 2 twin sets








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Fast-moving and formidably armed, the battlecruisers of the British and German navies first encountered one another in 1915 at Dogger Bank and in the following year clashed near Jutland in the biggest battleship action of all time. In the decade before World War I Britain and Germany were locked in a naval arms race that saw the advent of first the revolutionary dreadnought, the powerful, fast-moving battleship that rendered earlier designs obsolete, and then an entirely new kind of vessel - the battlecruiser. The brainchild of the visionary British admiral John 'Jacky' Fisher, the battlecruiser was designed to operate at long range in 'flying squadrons', using its superior speed and powerful armament to hunt, outmanoeuvre and destroy any opponent. The penalty paid to reach higher speeds was a relative lack of armour, but Fisher believed that 'speed equals protection'. By 1914 the British had ten battlecruisers in service and they proved their worth when two battlecruisers, Invincible and Inflexible, sank the German armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau off the Falklands in December 1914.

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