HMS Stalker (L3515)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMS Stalker.
HMS stalker 2010.JPG
HMS Stalker in 2010
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Stalker
Builder: Canadian Yarrow, Esquimalt
Launched: 16 December 1944
Commissioned: 1947
Decommissioned: May 1970
Renamed: Was LST 3515 until 1947
Reclassified: Submarine support ship in 1958
Fate: Sold for scrapping in 2002
Scrapped in 2010
General characteristics
Type: Landing Ship, Tank Mk III
Tonnage: 2,256 long tons (2,292 t) (light)
4,980 long tons (5,060 t) (deep load)
Length: 345.57 ft (105.33 m)
Beam: 53.97 ft (16.45 m)
Draught: 12 ft 5 in (3.78 m)
Depth: 11.51 ft (3.51 m)
Propulsion: 2 shafts
vertical triple expansion
2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers
5500ihp
Speed: 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h)
Range: 1400 tons of oil
Capacity: 170 troops
15 x 40 ton tanks or 20 x 25-ton tanks
14 x 3-ton lorries
Complement: 118-190
Armament:

HMS Stalker was a Mark III LST (Landing Ship, Tank).[1] She was built during the later part of the Second World War, and became the last steam-driven LST to be scrapped.[2] She initially entered service under the designation LST 3515, but was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1947 as HMS Stalker.

The ship was built by Canadian Yarrow at Esquimalt.[3] She was completed too late to see action in the war, and eventually served in a submarine support role in Northern Ireland.[3]

HMS Stalker being broken up

She was sold to Pounds of Portsmouth in 2002, arriving there to be scrapped on 10 December 2002. She was offered for preservation between 2004 and 2005, but it was confirmed in January 2006 that she would be broken up. After further discussions with heritage and preservation groups, in 2008 her bow doors were removed[2] and in 2010 she was broken up at Pounds scrap yard, a process recorded by National Historic Ships.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jordan, John, ed. (2006), "Warship notes", Warship 2006, Anova Books, p. 151, ISBN 978-1-84486-089-0 
  2. ^ a b "HMS Stalker". The News. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Annual Report April 2008 – March 2009" (PDF). National Historic Ships. p. 45. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/news.php/116/hms-stalker-is-recorded