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Name Official number Flag IMO
BARHAM    GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1915  31/10/1914  19/10/1915 
Vessel type Vessel description
Naval   Steel Screw Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank Clydebank  424 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
 /  / 32750 st 31534 d fl 643 ft 3 in   104 ft    33 ft 
Engine builder John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank
Engine detail
4 Parsons geared turbines supplied by 24 Babcock & Wilcox 3-drum boilers driving quadruple screws 25 knots max. 

First owner First port of register Registration date
Royal Navy      
Other names
 
Subsequent owner and registration history
 
Vessel history
Was at Battle of Jutland being one of the most accurate British warships scoring many direct hits.
Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleets between the Wars. Major refits and reconstruction also in this period.
Home Fleet at beginning of WW2. Sank HMS Duchess in collision in 1939 with considerable loss of life. Later joined Mediterranean Fleet. 
Remarks
 
End year Fate / Status
1941  Torpedoed 25/11/1941 
Disposal Detail
In the late afternoon of November 25 when on patrol in the Mediterranean off Sollum with HMS Queen Elizabeth, Valiant and a destroyer escort Barham was torpedoed at close range by U331. As she rolled over to port, her magazines exploded and she sank with the loss of 841 out of her complement of 1184. The survivors were rescued by the other British ships.The explosion was caught on newsreel film. The sinking was suppressed on the orders of Winston Churchill till 1942. 
 

 



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