HMS St. James (D65)
|Name:||HMS St. James|
|Ordered:||12 August 1942|
|Builder:||Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company|
|Laid down:||20 May 1943|
|Launched:||7 June 1945|
|Commissioned:||12 July 1946|
|Identification:||Pennant number: R65 (later D65)|
|Fate:||Scrapped in 1961|
|Class & type:||Battle-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||2,315 tons standard
3,290 tons full load
|Length:||379 ft (116 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft (12.2 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 km/h)|
|Range:||4,400 nautical miles (8,100 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Armament:||2 × dual 4.5-inch (114 mm) gun
14 × Bofors 40 mm gun
8 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
1 × Squid mortar
|Part of:||5th Destroyer Flotilla|
In 1946, St. James joined the 5th Destroyer Flotilla, part of the Home Fleet. On 25 August 1946, while undergoing calibration trials off the Isle of Portland, she accidentally hit and sank the tug Buccaneer with a 4.5-inch shell, while aiming at the target Buccaneer was towing. St. James's captain, Commander J. Lee Barber, went alongside and took off Buccaneer's crew without loss, but St. James suffered a damaged propeller when the tug capsized. An inquiry was held aboard the cruiser HMS Superb on 28 August, at which it was decided that no further action would be taken.
In 1950, St. James deployed on a Home Fleet Spring Cruise, which saw her, as well as many other vessels, including the carrier Victorious and two other carriers, as well as the immense battleship Vanguard, visit the Mediterranean, which included stops at Italy. The group performed the usual naval exercises in the region, as well as undertaking 'fly-the-flag' visits to a number of ports.
In 1957, St. James finally began a refit to modernise the destroyer, but just the following year, her refit was cancelled, and she was subsequently placed on the disposal list. In 1961, at Newport, St. James was broken up.
|1947||1948||Commander J Lee-Barber DSO|
|1953||1953||Commander H A Stewart-Menteth DSC RN|
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- Souvenir Programme, Coronation Review of the Fleet, Spithead, 15th June 1953, HMSO, Gale and Polden
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Boniface, Patrick (2007). Battle Class Destroyers. Liskeard: Maritime Books. ISBN 9-781904-459286.
- Hodges, Peter (1971). Battle Class Destroyers. London: Almark Publishing. ISBN 0-85524-012-1.