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"Modified BLACK SWAN" sloops (1942 - 1946)

Kite 1943

Hind 1944

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
1st group
Whimbrel U29, 1948- F29 1761 Yarrow, Scotstoun 10/1941 25/8/1942 1/1943 to Egypt 11/1949 (إل ملك فروق  <El Malek Farouq>)
Wild Goose U45, 1948- F45 1862 Yarrow, Scotstoun 1/1942 14/10/1942 3/1943 BU 2/1956
Woodcock U90, 1948- F90 702 Fairfield, Govan 10/1941 26/11/1942 5/1943 BU 11/1955
Woodpecker U08 1359 Denny, Dumbarton 2/1941 29/6/1942 12/1942 sunk 27/2/1944
Wren U28, 1948- F28 1360 Denny, Dumbarton 2/1941 11/8/1942 2/1943 BU 2/1956
2nd group  
Actaeon U07, 1948- F07 4033 Thornycroft, Woolston 5/1944 25/7/1945 7/1946 to West Germany 1/1959 (Hipper)
Alacrity U60, 1948- F60 1381 Denny, Dumbarton 4/1943 1/9/1944 4/1945 BU 9/1956
Amethyst U16, 1948- F116 594 A. Stephens, Linthouse 3/1942 7/5/1943 11/1943 BU 1/1957
Chanticleer U05 1363 Denny, Dumbarton 6/1941 24/9/1942 3/1943 CTL 18/11/1943
Crane U23, 1948- F123 1364 Denny, Dumbarton 6/1941 9/11/1942 5/1944 BU 3/1965
Cygnet U38, 1948- F38 1100 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 8/1941 28/7/1942 12/1942 BU 3/1956
Hart U58, 1948- F58 595 A. Stephens, Linthouse 3/1942 7/7/1943 12/1943 to West Germany 5/1959 (Scheer)
Hind U39, 1948- F39 1374 Denny, Dumbarton 8/1942 30/9/1943 4/1944 BU 12/1958
Kite U87 1102 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead 9/1941 13/10/1942 3/1943 sunk 21/8/1944
Lapwing U62 605 Scotts, Greenock/A. Stephens, Linthouse 12/1941 16/7/1943 3/1944 sunk 20/3/1945
Lark U11 606 Scotts, Greenock 5/1942 28/8/1943 12/1943 CTL 17/2/1945
Magpie U82, 1948- F82 4016 Thornycroft, Woolston 12/1941 24/3/1943 8/1943 BU 7/1959
Mermaid U30, 1948- F30 1375 Denny, Dumbarton 9/1942 11/11/1943 5/1943 to West Germany 5/1959 (Scharnhorst)
Modeste U42, 1948- F42   Chatham DYd 2/1943 29/1/1944 9/1945 BU 3/1961
Nereide U64, 1948- F64   Chatham DYd 2/1943 29/1/1944 5/1946 BU 5/1958
Nonsuch U54   Chatham DYd 2/1945 --- --- cancelled 10/1945
Nymphe U84   Chatham DYd 2/1945 --- --- cancelled 10/1945
Opossum U33, 1948- F33 1382 Denny, Dumbarton 7/1943 30/11/1944 1/1945 BU 4/1960
Partridge     Thornycroft, Woolston --- --- --- cancelled
Peacock U96, 1948- F96 4017 Thornycroft, Woolston 11/1942 11/12/1943 5/1944 BU 5/1958
Pheasant U49, 1948- F49 1780 Yarrow, Scotstoun 3/1942 21/12/1942 5/1943 BU 1/1963
Redpole U69, 1948- F69 1781 Yarrow, Scotstoun 5/1942 25/2/1943 6/1943 training hulk 1949, BU 11/1960
Snipe U20, 1948- F20 1384 Denny, Dumbarton 9/1944 20/12/1945 9/1946 BU 8/1960
Sparrow U71, 1948- F71 1385 Denny, Dumbarton 11/1944 18/2/1946 12/1946 BU 5/1958
Starling U66, 1948- F66 701 Fairfield, Govan 10/1941 14/10/1942 4/1943 training hulk 1949, BU 7/1965
Waterhen U05 1397 Denny, Dumbarton --- --- --- cancelled 11/1945
Wryneck U31 1398 Denny, Dumbarton --- --- --- cancelled
Cauvery (RIM) U10, 1948- F110 1797 Yarrow, Scotstoun 10/1942 15/6/1943 10/1943 stricken 1979
Kistna (RIM) U46, 1948- F46 1796 Yarrow, Scotstoun 7/1942 22/4/1943 8/1943 stricken 1982

 

Displacement standard, t

1350 - 1490

Displacement full, t

1880 - 1950

Length, m

86.3 pp 91.3 oa

Breadth, m

11.7

Draught, m

3.40 - 3.50 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

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

Power, h. p.

4300

Max speed, kts

19.75

Fuel, t

oil 420

Armament

Alacrity: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Amethyst, Magpie: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Chanticleer, Hind, Mermaid, Pheasant, Cauvery, Kistna: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Crane, Lapwing, Lark, Peacock, Starling: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Cygnet: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 2 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Hart, Wild Goose: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Kite: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 2 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Modeste: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI, 2 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk I/III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Opossum: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Redpole, Whimbrel, Woodcock: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Woodpecker: 3 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 2 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Wren: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

 

Actaeon: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 RP.50 Mk V, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Nereide: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 RP.50 Mk V, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Snipe: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 RP.50 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Sparrow: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 RP.50 Mk V, 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110)

Sensors

Alacrity, Crane, Lapwing, Lark, Peacock, Starling, Cygnet, Kite, Modeste, Opossum: type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

Amethyst, Magpie, Chanticleer, Hind, Mermaid, Pheasant, Hart, Wild Goose, Redpole, Whimbrel, Woodcock, Wodpecker, Wren, Cauvery, Kistna: type 271, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

Complement

192

Cauvery, Kistna: 219

Ship project history: Black Swan design became the result of corrections considering experience of the first years of war: the hull breadth was increased for compensation of the increased weight of armament, engine power was increased for speed preservation. According to Admiralty decision every sixth sloop should have minelaying equipment.

Modernizations: 1944, Wild Goose: + 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

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

1945, Amethyst, Magpie: - 2 x 2 - 20/70, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI

1945, Crane: - 3 x 2 - 20/70; + 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI

1945, Cygnet: - 2 x 4 - 40/39; + 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI

1945, Hart, Mermaid, Peacock, Pheasant: + 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI

1945, Hind: + 2 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1945, Redpole: - 1 x 2 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI

1945, Starling: - 3 x 2 - 20/70; + 2 x 2 - 40/56 Bofors Mk VIII/IX/XI, 2 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1945, Kistna, Redpole: + 2 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors Mk III

1/1946, Alacrity: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 RP.50 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Amethyst, Hart, Magpie, Whimbrel, Woodcock: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Crane: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 1 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Cygnet: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 RP.50 Mk V, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Hind: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Mermaid, Pheasant: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Modeste: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Opossum: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Peacock: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Redpole: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Starling: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk IV Hazemeyer, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Wild Goose, Wren: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 4 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR (110), type 271, type 285, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

late 1940s, Actaeon: - 4 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III

late 1940s, Alacrity: - 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III

late 1940s, Amethyst, Hart, Magpie: - 2 x 2 - 20/70, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III

late 1940s, Crane: - 1 x 2 - 20/70, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL

late 1940s, Hind: - 4 x 2 - 20/70

late 1940s, Mermaid: - 4 x 2 - 20/70, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III

late 1940s, Modeste, Nereide: + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III

late 1940s, Opossum: - 2 x 2 - 20/70, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL

late 1940s, Peacock: - 4 x 2 - 20/70, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL

late 1940s, Pheasant: - 4 x 2 - 20/70, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III

late 1940s, Cauvery: - 4 x 2 - 20/70, 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 4 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss Mk I, 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III

late 1940s, Kistna: - 2 x 2 - 20/70; + 4 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss Mk I, 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk III

1950s, Modeste: - 1 x 1 - 40/60; + 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL

1950s, all survived: (x 2) - 40/60 Mk 4 Hazemeyer mounts were replaced by Mk 5.

1962, Kistna: - 1 x 2 - 102/45

Naval service: Chanticleer was badly damaged by a torpedo from German submarine U515 18/11/1943 never repaired, used as a hulk Lusitania and sold for BU in 1946. Kite was sunk by a torpedo from German submarine U344 at Greenland 21/8/1944. Lapwing 20/3/1945 was sunk by a torpedo from German submarine U716 in Kola Bay. Lark was badly damaged 17/2/1945 by German submarine U968 in Kola Bay and never repaired. Woodpecker was damaged by torpedo from German submarine U764 20/2/1944 in Northern Atlantic and sunk 27/2/1944.

Amethyst 1949

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

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15