HMS Snowdrop (1915)

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History
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Class and type: Azalea-class sloop
Name: HMS Snowdrop
Builder: McMillan
Launched: 7 October 1915
Decommissioned: 15 January 1923
In service: No
Out of service: Yes
Renamed: No
Fate: Sold for breaking up on 15 January 1923
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,250 long tons (1,270 t)
Length:
  • 255 ft 3 in (77.80 m) p.p.
  • 267 ft 9 in (81.61 m) o/a
Beam: 33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)
Draught: 11 ft 9 in (3.58 m)
Propulsion:
  • 1 × 4-cylinder triple expansion engine
  • 2 × cylindrical boilers
  • 1 × propeller
Speed: 17 kn (20 mph; 31 km/h)
Range: 2,000 nmi (2,300 mi; 3,700 km) at 15 kn (17 mph; 28 km/h) with maximum load of fuel
Capacity: 260 short tons (240 t) of coal (maximum)
Complement: 79 men
Armament: 2 × 1 - QF 4 inch Mk IV guns, BL 4 inch Mk IX guns or QF 4.7 inch Mk IV guns and 2 × 1 - 3-pounders (47 mm) AA. A few had no 3-pounders.

HMS Snowdrop was an Azalea-class sloop of the Royal Navy.

Career[edit]

Snowdrop was built at the yards of McMillan, and was launched on 7 October 1915. She served during the First World War. In 1918 she rescued the survivors from the liner RMS Carpathia, which had been torpedoed three times and sunk by U-55 (six years earlier Carpathia had rescued the survivors from the ill-fated RMS Titanic). Also that same year she took the American destroyer USS Cassin in tow, after the Cassin had been damaged by U-61.

Snowdrop survived the war and continued in service until being sold for breaking up on 15 January 1923 to the Unity Ship Breaking Company.

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