HMS Bagshot (J57)

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History
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Builder: Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company
Launched: 23 May 1918
Commissioned: 1 May 1919
Renamed: Temporarily became depot ship Medway II 1 April 1945 to 28 February 1946
Fate: Sold 1947 to Greek shipbreakers; sunk by a mine 1 September 1951 off Corfu while under tow
Notes: Pennant number J57/N57
General characteristics
Class and type: Hunt-class minesweeper, Aberdare sub-class
Displacement: 800 long tons (813 t)
Length: 213 ft (65 m) o/a
Beam: 28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)
Draught: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Range: 1,500 nmi (2,800 km; 1,700 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 74
Armament:

HMS Bagshot was a Hunt-class minesweeper of the Aberdare sub-class built for the Royal Navy during World War I. She was not completed in time to participate in the First World War and survived the Second World War to be sold for scrap in 1947.

Design and description[edit]

The Aberdare sub-class were enlarged versions of the original Hunt-class ships with a more powerful armament. The ships displaced 800 long tons (810 t) at normal load. They had a length between perpendiculars of 220 feet (67.1 m)[1] and measured 231 feet (70.4 m) long overall. The Aberdares had a beam of 26 feet 6 inches (8.1 m) and a draught of 7 feet 6 inches (2.3 m). The ships' complement consisted of 74 officers and ratings.[2]

The ships had two vertical triple-expansion steam engines, each driving one shaft, using steam provided by two Yarrow boilers. The engines produced a total of 2,200 indicated horsepower (1,600 kW) and gave a maximum speed of 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph). They carried a maximum of 185 long tons (188 t) of coal[2] which gave them a range of 1,500 nautical miles (2,800 km; 1,700 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).[1]

The Aberdare sub-class was armed with a quick-firing (QF) four-inch (102 mm) gun forward of the bridge and a QF twelve-pounder (76.2 mm) anti-aircraft gun aft.[2] Some ships were fitted with six- or three-pounder guns in lieu of the twelve-pounder.[1]

Construction and career[edit]

HMS Bagshot was built by the Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company and was launched on 23 May 1918. She temporarily became depot ship Medway II 1 April 1945 to 28 February 1946.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cocker, p. 76
  2. ^ a b c Gardiner & Gray, p. 98

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