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Back Pocket Cruisers: the Royal Navy’s Tribal, Battle, and Daring Classes, the Genesis of the Modern Destroyer


8 Oct laughtonmain Part of King's Maritime History Seminars, 2020 - 21

Speaker: Dr Alexander Clarke, Kingston University & ‘Naval History Live’

Chair: Dr Alan James, War Studies Department

This paper explores the conception and evolution of the Royal Navy’s large Fleet Destroyer, from the tensions of the inter-war period, through World War Two and into the uneasy peace that gave birth to the Cold War. The Tribal, Battle and Daring Classes provided a significant capability during the most critical periods in the history of the RN and of the nation it protects.


Dr Alex Clarke is a graduate of King’s College London where he received his PhD and teaches the History of Engineering & Academic Skills at Kingston University. He is very active publishing and speaking about naval history which he promotes in a number of roles including the Ship Research Editor at ‘Global Maritime History’ and the host of ‘Naval History Live’.


This seminar is part of the long-running ‘King’s Maritime History Seminars’ hosted by the Laughton Naval History Unit (on behalf of the British Commission for Maritime History and the Society for Nautical Research)

This event will be held on Zoom, once registered access information will be emailed to you prior to the event.

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