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BLACK SWAN sloops (1939 - 1941)

Wild Goose 1944

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Flamingo L18 - U18 - F18 1716 Yarrow, Scotstoun 5/1938 18/4/1939 12/1939 to West Germany 1/1959 (Graf Spee)
Black Swan L57 - U57 - F57 1717 Yarrow, Scotstoun 6/1938 7/7/1939 1/1940 BU 9/1956
Erne U03 - F03 317 Furness, Haverton Hill 5/1938 5/8/1940 4/1941 RNVR drill ship Wessex 6/1952
Ibis U99 318 Furness, Haverton Hill 9/1939 28/11/1940 8/1941 sunk 10/11/1942

 

Displacement standard, t

1300

Displacement full, t

1770 - 1945

Length, m

91.3

Breadth, m

11.4

Draught, m

3.33 - 3.56 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

4300

Max speed, kn

19.75

Fuel, t

oil 403 - 428

Armament

Flamingo, Ibis: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40)

Black Swan: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40), 34 mines, sweeps

Erne:  3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40), sweeps

Sensors presumably type 285 radar, type 123A, 177 sonars

Complement

180

Ship project history: Development of Egret class but on 2m longer, more fast and with the changed armament structure: quadruple pompom was installed instead of one of 102mm mount. Besides, first two ships built under 1937 program (Black Swan and Erne), had minesweeping equipment but it was not established on subsequent ships.

Modernizations: 1943, all survived: - 2 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT, DC stowage increased up to 110

1944 - 1945, all survived: - 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1/1946, Black Swan: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 VII, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (110), 34 mines

1/1946, Erne, Flamingo: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 VII, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Naval service: Ibis was sunk by Italian air torpedo at Algeria 10/11/1942.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15