HMS Winchester (L55)

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HMS WINCHESTER, August 1942. FL21704.jpg
History
United Kingdom
Class and type: Admiralty W-class destroyer
Name: HMS Winchester
Builder: J. Samuel White, East Cowes, Isle of Wight
Laid down: 12 June 1917
Launched: 1 February 1918
Completed: 29 April 1918
Identification: Pennant number L55
Motto: 'Valour makyth the man'
Fate: Sold for scrap in March 1946
Badge: On a Field, Party per fess Silver and red., in chief a Tudor rose red in base a castle Silver.
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,100 tons
Length: 300 ft (91 m) o/a, 312 ft (95 m) p/p
Beam: 26.75 ft (8.15 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m) standard, 11 to 25 ft (3.4 to 7.6 m) in deep
Propulsion:
  • 3 Yarrow type Water-tube boilers
  • Brown-Curtis steam turbines
  • 2 shafts
  • 27,000 shp (20,000 kW)
Speed: 34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph)
Range: 320-370 tons oil, 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph), 900 nmi (1,700 km) at 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Complement: 110
Armament:

HMS Winchester was an Admiralty W-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She saw service in the First and Second World Wars.

History[edit]

Winchester was ordered by J. Samuel White and Company, Cowes, on the Isle of Wight as part of the 1916-1917 fleet program 10 order. Her keel was laid on 12 June 1917 and she was launched on 1 February 1918. The ship was completed on 29 April 1918.

Completed towards the end of the First World War, Winchester went on to be part of operations against the Bolsheviks in the Baltic Sea. After the Second World War the ship was placed on the reserve list, and was sold in March 1946. The ship was scrapped in Inverkeithing.

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