HMS Tenacious (R45)
HMS Tenacious underway on the River Mersey, c1943 (IWM)
|Builder:||Cammell Laird, Birkenhead|
|Laid down:||3 December 1941|
|Launched:||24 March 1943|
|Commissioned:||30 October 1943|
|Renamed:||Ordered as HMS Tempest, renamed before being launched|
|Identification:||Pennant number: R45 (later F44)|
|Fate:||Arrived for scrapping in June 1965|
|Badge:||On a field White a bulldog's face proper.|
|Class and type:||T-class destroyer|
|Beam:||35 ft 8 in (10.87 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft 2 in (4.32 m)|
|Speed:||36.75 knots (42.29 mph; 68.06 km/h)|
|Class and type:||Type 16 frigate|
|Length:||362 ft 9 in (110.57 m) o/a|
|Beam:||37 ft 9 in (11.51 m)|
|Draught:||14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)|
|Speed:||32 knots (37 mph; 59 km/h) full load|
Between 1946 and 1949 Tenacious was held in reserve at Devonport. On 23 January 1949 she arrived in Mersey for a refit and in November of that year was commissioned as a target ship for the 3rd Submarine Flotilla at Rothesay.
Between January 1951 and 1952 she was converted at Rosyth to a Type 16 fast anti-submarine frigate, with the new pennant number F44. On 8 May 1952, she ran aground in the River Foyle in Northern Ireland.In 1953 she took part in the Fleet Review to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1954 Tenacious was placed in reserve at Rosyth, then in 1956 into reserve at Barrow. In September 1963 she was towed to Plymouth. Tenacious was subsequently sold for scrapping in 1965 and arrived at Troon for breaking up on 29 June in that year.
In popular culture
A book that described the ship's actions in the Second World War, H.M.S. Tenacious: Her Story was printed by Richard Clay and Company and contained a poem about the ship, The Roger Forty-Five and listed the crew who served on her between August 1943 and April 1946.
- Critchley, page 62
- "Stranding Of H.M.S. Tenacious" The Times (London). Thursday, 10 July 1952. (52360), col E, p. 3.
- 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.
- Critchley, Mike (1982). British Warships Since 1945: Part 3: Destroyers. Liskeard, UK: Maritime Books. ISBN 0-9506323-9-2.
- Raven, Alan; Roberts, John (1978). War Built Destroyers O to Z Classes. London: Bivouac Books. ISBN 0-85680-010-4.
- Whitley, M. J. (1988). Destroyers of World War 2. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-326-1.
- Anonymous H.M.S. Tenacious: Her Story, printed without date by Richard Clay and Company, Ltd, Bungay, Suffolk.
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