HMS Arno Destroyer Shipwreck:


HMS Arno has been constructed as a war destroyer by Ansaldo in Genoa,Italy in 22nd December 1914 for Portugal originally named "Liz". Later in March 1915, she has been bought by England and her named has been changed to "HMS Arno".

She was comissioned in 1st of July 1915. She completed some missions during Suvla bay infiltration in August 1915. Especially she was used as an escort ship.

She had two funnels and masts and four QF 12 pounder (3 inch / 76 mm) guns, shipped sided on the forecastle, behind the second funnel and on the quarterdeck. Although much smaller and slower than her British contemporaries, she was soundly built and had a high freeboard and tall bridge, making her a useful vessel. She was lost off the Dardanelles after a collision with the Acorn / H class destroyer Hope. In 23rd March 1918, she sunk because of a collision with Acorn/H Class HMS Hope Destroyer that weights 770 tons and lost in Dardanelles.

Main Engine Power:
Max Speed:

600 tons
70.1m * 6.7m * 2.1m
29 knots
Ansaldo in Genoa
Gun 4 X IT 3in 7.6cm 50cal 12pdr 18cwt Single
Torpedo 3 X BR 18in Mark VII
IT 3in 7.6cm 50cal 12pdr 18cwt Single Turret

Unfortunately, it was very hard to get any information about Arno destroyer. Only in a few sources, her name passes. One of these are as follows:

In 7th of August 1915, Hamilton had exercised no influence whatever over the Suvla operation, being too preoccupied with the desperate struggle going on at Anzac. But as the morning of the 8th wore on he became uneasy about Suvla and decided to go and see for himself. At 11.30 am he ordered the Arno, the destroyer set aside for his own personal use, "for mid-day sharp". But to his intense irritation he was told that the destroyer had developed a boiler problem and was out of action. Only after a five hour wait was he able to get a lift on another ship and he did not reach Suvla until after 6 pm when the dismal picture became apparent to him. You can see th telegraph about this event in the University of London. Hamilton:7/2/12 (Liddell Hart Centre For Military Archives.)

On 16th of February 1916, GOC left in HMS ARNO to visit STAVROS & SALONICA.

Admiral John de Robeck's Despatch:
On the night of the 18th/19th December 1915, when I embarked in H.M.S. "Arno," accompanied by General Sir William Birdwood, the embarkation was finished at Suvla by 3 a.m., and at Anzac by 5.30 a.m., and by daylight the beaches and anchorages at these places had resumed their normal aspect.

The researchs revealed that the telegraphist's grave information:
Jack Durrell
Telegraphist J/30016 GREEN. H.M.S. “Arno”. Royal Navy. Died 16th September 1916 aged 18 years. Son of Jainas and Emma Green of 5 Alma Street, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex. Buried Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery. Grave reference - Protestant 324.