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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

ESCORTS

BRIDGEWATER sloops (1929)

nearly sister-ship Hastings 1942

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Bridgewater L01 - U01 555 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 2/1928 14/9/1928 3/1929 sold 5/1947
Sandwich L12 - U12 556 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 2/1928 28/9/1928 3/1929 sold 1/1946

 

Displacement standard, t

1045

Displacement full, t

1600

Length, m

81.2

Breadth, m

10.4

Draught, m

3.73 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

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

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kn

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 282

Endurance, nm(kts)

4750(15)

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (1 HA), 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, mechanical minesweeping gear, 2 DCR (8 DC)

Complement

100

Ship project history: Bridgewater class sloops became the first escorts of Royal Navy designed after First World War and should replace Flower class sloops. They were designed under 1927 Programme. First of all they were intended for service at oversea stations, but could be used and as minesweepers.

Modernizations: 1938, both: aft 102-mm gun was converted to HA, - 2 x 1 - 47/40; + 2 x 4 - 12.7/62

1939, both: + 2 DCT, DC stowage was increased up to 40, type 121 or type 124 sonar

1942, both: - 2 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 1 DCR, DC stowage was increased up to 80, type 271 radar

1943, both: - type 121 or type 124 sonar; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 144 sonar

1943, Sandwich: - type 271 radar; + type 271Q, type 291 radars

1/1946, Bridgewater: 2 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (80), type 271 radar, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Sandwich: 2 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (80), type 271Q, type 291 radars, type 144 sonar

Naval service: No significant events.

Sandwich 1929

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

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15