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    Myrmidon Class Destroyer

    Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Myrmidon class destroyer was a class of two destroyers that served with the Royal Navy. HMS Myrmidon (1900) and HMS Syren (1901) were built by Palmers as part of the group of boats known as the ''thirty knotters''. Concern about the higher speeds of foreign boats had prompted to Admiralty to order new destroyers capable of 30 knots, rather than the 27 knot requirement which had been standard. The boats were not able to make this speed in bad weather, where they were usually wet and uncomfortable with cramped crew quarters, but they proved their toughness in serving in the Great War, despite being twenty years old. Thanks to their watertight bulkheads, their thin plating and light structure was able to take a great deal of damage and remain afloat, although their plates buckled easily affecting their handling. HMS Myrmidon was sunk by a mine in 1917 while HMS Syren served through the war and was broken up after the end of hostilities.
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