HMS Finisterre (D55)
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|Builder:||Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company|
|Launched:||22 June 1944|
|Commissioned:||11 September 1945|
|Identification:||Pennant number D55|
|Fate:||Broken up 1967|
|Class and type:||Battle-class destroyer|
|Length:||379 ft (116 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft (12 m)|
|Draught:||15.3 ft (4.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 steam turbines, 2 shafts, 2 boilers, 50,000 shp (37 MW)|
|Speed:||35.75 knots (66.21 km/h)|
|Range:||4,400 nautical miles (8,100 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Part of:||1st Destroyer Squadron|
Finnisterre first joined the Home Fleet upon her commissioning. After being in the Far East for some time, in which she performed a variety of duties there, Finisterre returned to the UK via the Mediterranean. In January 1950, Finisterre took part in the rescue attempt of the submarine Truculent, which had sunk after colliding with a Swedish merchant ship Divina in the Thames Estuary. The collision had resulted in the loss of 64 of those on board. The following year Finisterre became the Gunnery Training Ship, based at Whale Island, Portsmouth as part of HMS Excellent.
The following year Finisterre was placed in Reserve. After her sister ship Hogue collided with an Indian cruiser in 1959, Finisterre replaced her in the 1st Destroyer Squadron, based in the Far East. She took over duties of her sister ship Hogue in 1959 to complete a tour of Australia over the Christmas period of 1959. Finisterre, as part of that squadron, subsequently saw service with the Home and Mediterranean Fleets. She was one of a number of Royal Navy ships stationed off Kuwait to keep the peace as the country gained its independence in 1961.
Decommissioning and disposal
She was sold for scrap in 1965, being broken-up two years later at W.H.Arnott Young Co. Ltd of Dalmuir.
|1945||1946||Lieutenant-Commander Vere Alison Wight-Boycott OBE RN|
|1953||1953||Lieutenant-Commander F C Boys RN|
- The Times (London), Friday, 13 January 1950, p.4
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- The Times (London), Monday, 15 June 1953, p.15
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- The Times (London), Saturday, 29 July 1961, p.7
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- Hodges, Peter (1971). Battle Class Destroyers. London: Almark Publishing. ISBN 0-85524-012-1.