HMS Foxhound (H69)

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HMS Foxhound 1942 IWM FL 13264.jpg
Foxhound in December 1942
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Foxhound (H69)
Laid down: 21 August 1933
Launched: 12 October 1934
Commissioned: 6 June 1935
Decommissioned: 8 February 1944
Fate: Transferred to Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Qu'Appelle (H69).
General characteristics
Class & type: E and F-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,405 long tons (1,427.5 t) standard
1,940 long tons (1,971.1 t) deep
Length: 329 ft (100.3 m) o/a
Beam: 33.3 ft (10.1 m)
Draught: 10.8 ft (3.3 m)
Propulsion: 3 x Admiralty 3-drum water tube boilers, Parsons geared steam turbines, 38,000 shp on 2 shafts
Speed: 35.5 kn (65.7 km/h), 31.5 kn (58.3 km/h) deep
Range: 6,350 nmi (11,760 km) at 15 kn (27.8 km/h)
1,275 nmi (2,361 km) at 35.5 kn (65.7 km/h)
Complement: 145
Armament:

HMS Foxhound was an Interwar standard E and F-class destroyer that served the Royal Navy from 1935 to 1944.

She was laid down on 21 August 1933 at John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. Clydebank and launched on 12 October 1934. She was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 6 June 1935 with pennant number H69.

On 7 April Foxhound was escorting Convoy WS 7 off the coast of Sierra Leone, West Africa when she rescued three Lascar seamen.[1] They were survivors from the liner Umona, which had been sunk by torpedo a week earlier.[2]

The RN decommissioned Foxhound on 8 February 1944 and she was transferred to Canada. She was commissioned into the RCN on that day as HMCS Qu'Appelle (H69) and was grouped under the RCN's River-class destroyers. She was decommissioned from the RCN on 27 May 1946.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edwin Clarke – His Story". Merchant Navy Unsung Heroes. Keystage Arts and Heritage Company. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur (1995–2013). "Umona". Ships hit by U-boats. Guðmundur Helgason. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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