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SHOREHAM and "Repeat SHOREHAM" sloops (1931 - 1933)

Shoreham 1943

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
"Shoreham"
Bideford L43 - U43 Devonport DYd 6/1930 1/4/1931 2/1932 sold 9/1947
Fowey L15 - U15 Devonport DYd 3/1930 4/11/1930 9/1931 sold 10/1946
Rochester L50 - U50 Chatham DYd 11/1930 16/7/1931 3/1932 depot ship early 1945, BU 1/1951
Shoreham L32 - U32 Chatham DYd 12/1929 22/11/1930 11/1931 sold 10/1946
repeat "Shoreham"
Dundee L84 - U84 Chatham DYd 12/1931 20/9/1932 3/1933 sunk 15/9/1940
Falmouth L34 - U34 Devonport DYd 8/1931 19/4/1932 10/1932 RNVR drill ship Calliope 1/1952
Milford L51 - U51 Devonport DYd 9/1931 11/6/1932 12/1932 BU 6/1949
Weston L72 - U72 Devonport DYd 9/1931 23/7/1932 2/1933 BU 5/1947

 

Displacement standard, t

early 4: 1105

last 4: 1060

Displacement full, t

early 4: 1590

last 4: 1515

Length, m

85.8

Breadth, m

10.7

Draught, m

3.20 - 3.38 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

2000

Max speed, kn

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 287 - 358

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (1 HA), 4 x 1 - 47/40 3pdr Hotchkiss Mk I, sweeps, 1 DCR (15)

Sensors sonar

Complement

100

Ship project history: The further development of Bridgewater class differed by some increased hull length. One of main guns was double-purpose. Shortly before a beginning of war second gun also was remounted on the mount with the big elevation angle. Under 1929 and 1930 programs 8 ships were built, the order for two ships was cancelled.

Modernizations: 1933, Shoreham: - 1 x 1 - 102/45

1934, Shoreham: + 1 x 1 - 102/45 QF Mk V (HA)

mid-1930s, all: + 1 x 4 - 12.7/62

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

1942 - 1943, Bideford, Rochester, Falmouth, Milford, Weston: - 2 x 1 - 47/40, 1 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 1 DCR, DC stowage increased up to 90

1942 - 1943, Shoreham: - 2 x 1 - 47/40, 1 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 1 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 DCT, 1 DCR, DC stowage was increased up to 90

1943, Fowey: - 2 x 1 - 47/40, 1 x 4 - 12.7/62; + 2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon Mk II/IV, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT, 2 DCT, 1 DCR, DC stowage was increased up to 90

1/1946, Bideford: 1 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 1 x 1 - 102/45 CP Mk II, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90)

1/1946, Fowey: 1 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 1 x 1 - 102/45 CP Mk II, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASWRL, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90)

1/1946, Shoreham: 1 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 1 x 1 - 102/45 CP Mk II, 1 x 1 - 40/39 Mk VIII, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90)

1/1946, Falmouth, Milford, Weston: 1 x 1 - 102/45 HA Mk III, 1 x 1 - 102/45 CP Mk II, 2 x 2 - 20/70 Mk V, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk III, 4 DCT, 2 DCR (90)

Naval service: In the beginning of 1945 Rochester was transferred to navigating school as the tender, main guns were demounted. Dundee was sunk 15/9/1940 at coast of Ireland by German submarine U48.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-15