HMS Pheasant (U49)
Pheasant moored at a buoy in May 1943
|Laid down:||13 July 1942|
|Launched:||21 December 1942|
|Commissioned:||12 May 1943|
|Reclassified:||As a frigate in 1947|
|Identification:||pennant number U49/F49|
|Fate:||Broken up 1963|
|Badge:||On a Field White, a Pheasant Proper|
|Class and type:||Modified Black Swan-class sloop|
|Length:||283 ft (86 m)|
|Beam:||38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)|
|Draught:||11 ft (3.4 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||4,500 mi (7,200 km)|
|Part of:||British Pacific Fleet (1945)|
|Operations:||Operation Husky (1943)|
HMS Pheasant was a Modified Black Swan-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was laid down by Yarrow Shipbuilders, in Scotstoun, Glasgow on 13 July 1942, launched on 21 December 1942, and commissioned on 12 May 1943. She was adopted by the rural district of Runcorn , then in Cheshire, as part of Warship Week in 1942.
The Modified Black Swan-class sloops were specialised convoy-defence vessels, with an anti-aircraft and an anti-submarine capability. They were designed to have a longer range than a destroyer at the expense of a lower top speed, while remaining capable of outrunning the German Type VII and Type IX U-boats when they were surfaced.
After being placed on the disposal list Pheasant was sold for scrap, arriving at Troon for breaking on 15 January 1963.
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