HMS Anchusa (K186)

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Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Anchusa
Namesake: Anchusa
Builder: Harland and Wolff[1]
Yard number: 1097[1]
Launched: 15 January 1941
Completed: 1 March 1941[1]
Identification: Pennant number: K186
Fate: Broken up in Mauritius in October 1960
General characteristics
Class & type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 1170 tons (1390 tons full load)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 33 ft 2 in (10.11 m)
Draught: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)
Propulsion: Two boilers driving one VTE engine generating 2750hp
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h)
Complement: 85 to 109
Armament: 1 × BL 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk IX gun

40 × depth charges

72 × Hedgehog rockets

HMS Anchusa was a Flower-class corvette that served in the Royal Navy.

She was launched in 1941 under the crash wartime construction program instituted by the Royal Navy shortly before the capitulation of France. Built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast (one of only 34 Flower-class ships to be built in Northern Ireland), she incorporated a number of improvements to earlier Flower-class ships, that improved her performance in escorting convoys.

She had a relatively small crew of 96, with a displacement of nearly 1,000 tons, but she was mounted with the Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar, which launched contact-detonating depth charges at an enemy submarine far away from the boat itself.

Her surface armament consisted of one 102 mm gun, and six 20 mm cannon on single mounts. Her underwater armament consisted of the aforementioned Hedgehog and seventy depth charges. She was instrumental in damaging German U-boat activities in the channel area and the Atlantic, and was used as a mercantile ship after the war, being renamed Silverlord in 1949.

She was renamed once more as Sir Edgar in 1954, but was lost on 18 January 1960. She was salvaged but subsequently scrapped in Mauritius.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c McCluskie, Tom (2013). The Rise and Fall of Harland and Wolff. Stroud: The History Press. p. 149. ISBN 9780752488615.