HMS Escapade (H17)

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HMS Escapade WWII IWM A 27765.jpg
Escapade during World War II
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Escapade
Ordered: 1 November 1932
Builder: Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock
Cost: £249,987
Laid down: 30 March 1933
Launched: 30 January 1934
Completed: 30 August 1934
Decommissioned: 1946
Motto: Celeriter
("Swiftly")
Honours and
awards:
Atlantic 1939-45
Norway 1940
Arctic 1941-42
Malta Convoys 1942
North Africa 1942
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 17 May 1947
Badge: On a Field Green a white Horse, saltant
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,495 long tons (1,519.0 t) standard
2,050 long tons (2,082.9 t) full
Length: 343 ft (105 m) o/a
Beam: 33 ft 9 in (10.29 m)
Draught: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Propulsion: 3 × Admiralty 3-drum boilers
300 psi, 620 °F
2 shaft Parsons geared turbines
36,000 shp (27,000 kW)
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
32 kn (59 km/h; 37 mph) deep
Range: 6,500 nmi (12,000 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
1,500 nmi (2,800 km) at 36 kn (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Complement: 175
Armament: 4 (later 3) × 4.7 in Mk. IX L/45 (120 mm) guns, single mounts CP Mk.XVII
8 × QF 0.5 in Mk.I (12.7 mm) guns, quad mounts Mk.I
8 (4×2) tubes for 21 in (533 mm) torpedoes
1 rack for 20 × depth charges
Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar (replaced "A" Turret in June 1943)
Squid anti-submarine mortar (replaced Hedgehog in late 1944)

HMS Escapade was an E-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy in commission from 1934 until 1946, that saw service before and during World War II, seeing service on Russian, Malta and Atlantic convoys.[1]

Construction[edit]

Damage to Escapade during World War II

The ship was ordered on 1 November 1932 from Scotts at Greenock under the 1931 Build Programme. She was laid down on 30 March 1933, along with her sister ship Escort, launched on 30 January 1934, and completed on 30 August 1934 for a cost of £249,987, excluding equipment such as weapons, ammunition and communications outfits that were supplied by the Admiralty.[1]

Service history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mason, Geoffrey B. (2001). "HMS Escapade, destroyer". Service Histories of Royal Navy Warships in World War II. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 

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