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ROYAL NAVY (UNITED KINGDOM)

ESCORTS

HASTINGS sloops (1930 - 1931)

Hastings 1942

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Folkestone L22 - U22 1405 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 5/1929 12/2/1930 6/1930 BU 5/1947
Hastings L27 - U27   Devonport DYd 7/1929 10/4/1930 11/1930 BU 4/1946
Penzance L28 - U28   Devonport DYd 7/1929 10/4/1930 1/1931 sunk 24/8/1940
Scarborough L25 - U25, 1948- F... 1407 Swan Hunter, Wallsend 5/1929 14/3/1930 7/1930 BU 6/1949

 

Displacement standard, t

1045

Displacement full, t

1640

Length, m

81.2

Breadth, m

10.4

Draught, m

3.81 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 312

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)

Hastings: 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), 18 - 22 mines

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.

4 ships of Hastings class were designed under 1928 Programme and differed from first pair only by increased fuel stowage.

Modernizations: 1937, Hastings as fishery protection vessel was temporarily armed with 1 x 1 - 102/40 QF Mk IV gun only

1938, Hastings was rearmed with 2 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (HA), 2 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, mechanical minesweeping gear, 2 DCR (8)

1938, Hastings; 1939, Penzance: both 102/45mm guns can be used as AA

5/1939, Folkestone; early 1939, Scarborough: were disarmed and employed as survey vessels.

late 1939, Folkestone: + 1 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (LA), 2 DCT, 2 DCR (40), type 121 or type 124 sonar

late 1939, Hastings: - 2 x 1 - 47/40; + 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 2 DCT, DC stowage was increased up to 40, type 121 or type 124 sonar

12/1939, Scarborough: was armed with 1 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (LA), 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 2 DCT, 2 DCR (40), type 121 or type 124 sonar

1941, Folkestone: + 1 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, type 286M radar

1941, Hastings: + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, type 286M radar

1941, Scarborough: + type 286M radar

1942, Hastings: - type 286M radar, type 121 or type 124 sonar; + 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 271 radar, type 144 sonar

1942, Scarborough: - type 286M radar; + 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, type 271 radar

1942, Folkestone: - 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, type 286M radar, type 121 or type 124 sonar; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog AWSRL, type 271 radar, type 144 sonar

1943, Scarborough: - type 121 or type 124 sonar, + 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, type 144 sonar

1943, Folkestone: + type 291 radar

1943 - 1944, all survived: + 2 DCT, 1 DCR, DC stowage was increased up to 90

1/1946, Folkestone: 2 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, mechanical minesweeping gear, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90), type 271, type 291 radar, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Hastings: 2 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, mechanical minesweeping gear, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90), type 271 radar, type 144 sonar

1/1946, Scarborough: 2 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 1 x 1 - 76/40 12pdr 12cwt QF Mk I/II/V, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 2 x 4 - 12.7/62, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, mechanical minesweeping gear, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90), type 271 radar, type 144 sonar

Naval service: Hastings after damage as result of beaching in 1935 a short time used as the fisheries protection vessel (submitted to the Ministry of Trade and formally was not a part of Navy), her arms thus consisted only from one 102/40mm gun. In 1938 Scarborough and Folkestone were disarmed and converted to rescue vessels. Next year they were re-classified to sloops. Penzance was sunk 28/8/1940 by German submarine U37.

Scarborough 1939

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

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15