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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, 1948- F18 1716 Yarrow, Scotstoun 5/1938 18/4/1939 12/1939 to West Germany 1/1959 (Graf Spee)
Black Swan L57 - U57, 1948- F57 1717 Yarrow, Scotstoun 6/1938 7/7/1939 1/1940 BU 9/1956
Erne U03, 1948- 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

2 sets Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

4300

Max speed, kn

19.75

Fuel, t

oil 403 - 428

Armament

Black Swan: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40), 34 mines, mechanical minesweeping gear

Flamingo: 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)

Ibis: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40)

Erne:  3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (40), mechanical minesweeping gear

Sensors presumably type 285 radar, type 127 sonar

Complement

180

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

Modernizations: 1941, Black Swan: - 2 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 1 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, type 286 radar

1941, Erne: + type 285, type 286 radars

1942, Flamingo: - 2 x 4 12.7/62, type 127 sonar; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 271, type 286 radars, type 144 sonar

1942, Black Swan: - type 127 sonar; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 271 radar, type 144 sonar

1942, Erne: - type 127 sonar; + 5 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 271 radar, type 144 sonar

1942, Flamingo: + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1943, Black Swan: - type 144 sonar; + 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, type 273, type 285 radars, type 147S sonar

1943, Erne: - 1 x 1 - 20/70

1945, Black Swan: - 4 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1943, all survived: DC stowage increased up to 110

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, type 271, type 273, type 285, type 286 radars, type 147S sonar

1/1946, Erne: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 VII, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 286 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Flamingo: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 VII, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 286 radars, type 144 sonar

 

 

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

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.

 

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15