Dance-class trawler

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HMT Foxtrot IWM FL 13270.jpg
HMT Foxtrot in December 1942
Class overview
Name: Dance
Operators:
Built: 1940–1941
In service: 1940–1946
Completed: 20
General characteristics
Type: Armed trawler
Displacement: 545 tons
Length: 164 ft (50 m)
Beam: 27 ft 8 in (8.43 m)
Draught: 11 ft 1 in (3.38 m) (mean)
Propulsion: One triple expansion Reciprocating engine, 850 IHP
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 40 men
Armament: 1 × 4 in gun; 3 × 20mm AA, 30 depth charges

The Dance class vessels of World War II were armed trawlers of the Royal Navy. They were used for anti-submarine (A/S) and minesweeping work and were nearly identical to the Isles class trawlers, of which they are usually considered a subclass.

One Dance class trawler (Sword Dance) was a war loss, and one (Saltarelo) was transferred to Portugal in 1945. Four were transferred to Italy in 1946: Gavotte, Hornpipe, Minuet and Two Step. None remained in service with the Royal Navy by the end of 1946.

Ships in class[edit]

  • Built by the Ardrossan Dockyard Company, Ardrossa, UK
  • Built by Cochrane & Sons, Ltd. Selby, UK
    • Fandango – Launched 1940, sold 1946
    • Foxtrot – Launched 1940, sold 1946
  • Built by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley, UK
    • Gavotte – Launched 1940, transferred to Italy 1946 as DR 312
    • Hornpipe – Launched 1940, transferred to Italy 1946 as DR 316
  • Built by Ferguson Brothers, Port Glasgow, UK
    • Mazurka – Launched 1940, sold 1946
    • Minuet – Launched 1941, transferred to Italy 1946 as DR 307
  • Built by Goole Shipbuilding & Repair Company, Goole, UK
  • Built by Hall, Russell & Company, Ltd., Aberdeen, UK
    • Polka – Launched 1941, sold 1946
    • Quadrille – Launched 1941, sold 1946
  • Built by A. & J. Inglis, Ltd., Glasgow, UK (part of Harland and Wolff)
    • Rumba – Launched 1940, sold 1946
    • Sarabande – Launched 1940, sold 1946
  • Built by Henry Robb, Ltd., Leith, UK
    • Saltarelo – Launched 6 August 1940, transferred to Portugal 1945 as Salvador Correia
    • Sword Dance – Launched 1940, war loss 5 July 1942
  • Built by Smith's Dock Company, Ltd., South Bank-on-Tees, UK
    • Tango – Launched 1940, sold 1946
    • Two Step, ex-Tarantella – Launched 1941, transferred to Italy 1946 as DR 308
    • Valse – Launched 1941, sold 1946
    • Veleta – Launched 1941, sold 1946

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Robert Gardiner (ed. dir.), Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946, p. 66. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1980.
  • Francis E. McMurtrie and Raymond V.B. Blackman (eds.), Jane's Fighting Ships 1949–50, pp. 217, 258. New York: The McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1949