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EGRET sloops (1938 - 1939)

Egret 1943

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Auckland (ex-Heron) L61 - U61 1317 Denny, Dumbarton 6/1937 30/6/1938 11/1938 sunk 24/6/1941
Egret L75 - U75 1835 White, Cowes 7/1937 31/5/1938 11/1938 sunk 27/8/1943
Pelican L86 - U86 - F86 1177 Thornycroft, Woolston 9/1937 12/9/1938 3/1939 BU 11/1958

 

Displacement standard, t

1250

Displacement full, t

1790

Length, m

89.2

Breadth, m

11.4

Draught, m

3.40

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

3600

Max speed, kn

19.25

Fuel, t

oil 370

Endurance, nm(kts)

6200(15)

Armament

4 x 2 - 102/45 QF Mk XVI, 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, 1 4 - 12.7/62, 2 DCT, 1 DCR (15)

Sensors sonar

Complement

188

Ship project history: On half-knot more high-speed variant of Bittern class with additional fourth twin 102mm DP mount, designed for 1936 and 1937 programs.

Modernizations: autumn 1939, all: - 2 x 1 - 47/40; DC stowage increased up to 40

1942 - 1943, both survived: - 1 x 2 - 102/45

1943, both survived: - 1 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV

1/1944, Pelican: + 1 x 4 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII

1944, Pelican: + 2 x 1 - 20 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 1 DCR, DC stowage increased up to 120.

1/1946, Pelican: 3 x 2 - 102/45 Mk XIX, 1 x 4 - 40/39 Mk VII, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (120)

Naval service: Auckland was sunk by Italian bomber Ju 87 at Tobruk 24/6/1941. Egret was sunk by German Hs 293 gliding bomb from Do 217 bomber 27/8/1943. Pelican was laid up shortly after war.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15