|Length||329 feet (oa)|
Broke and Keppel;
5 4.7" guns (5x1)
Wallace (as fast escort); 4 4" AA guns (2x2) 4 2pdr AA (1x4) 2 20mm AA (2x1) 8 .5" AA (2x4)
|Max speed||33 knots|
|Engines||Geared steam turbines|
|Notes on class|
Designed and built by Thornycroft as flotilla leaders for the V & W-class destroyers.
HMS Shakespeare and HMS Spencer were decommissioned in the 30's and sold for scrap in 1936.
4 additional destroyers (Spragge, Barrington, Hughes and Saunders) of this class were cancelled after the end of WWI in Dec 1918.
HMS Wallace was reconstructed to a fast escort more or less on the same lines as the Admiralty V & W-class fast escort conversions. She had however, being larger, more small AA machine guns.
HMS Broke and HMS Keppel were modified for escort duties during the war.
All ships of the Shakespeare class
|HMS Broke (D 83)||Lost on 8 Nov 1942|
|HMS Keppel (D 84 / I 84)|
|HMS Wallace (L 64)|
See all Destroyer classes.
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