HMT Lord Hailsham

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History
Royal Navy EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: HMT Lord Hailsham
Namesake: Lord Hailsham
Builder: Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd, Selby
Launched: 30 June 1934
Completed: August 1934
Acquired: August 1939
Commissioned: October 1939
Fate: Sunk on 27 February 1943
General characteristics
Type: Armed trawler
Displacement: 445 tons
Length: 156 feet (48 m)
Sensors and
processing systems:
ASDIC
Armament:

HMT Lord Hailsham (FY109) was a Royal Navy vessel that saw service in World War II. The ship was named after Lord Hailsham.[1]

Service history[edit]

Lord Hailsham was a trawler converted to be used in anti-submarine warfare. She had a 4-inch (100 mm) gun forward and 20 mm Oerlikon machine guns on the wings of the bridge, which could be used for anti-aircraft and anti-ship actions. She was also equipped with ASDIC anti-submarine sonar detection equipment, and carried up to 14 depth charges. Later on, she was equipped with a Holman Projector.

A crest of the Hailsham Family was given to the ship in 1942 at the request of First Lieutenant Reginald Mortimore, and was displayed on the front of the ship's bridge.

The ship saw action in the English Channel, and the Eastern Atlantic.

Fate[edit]

Lord Hailsham was on convoy duty when she was sunk on 27 February 1943 in Lyme Bay by German E-boats.[1][2] At the time she was one of five armed ships, led by the Hunt Class destroyer HMS Blencathra, escorting a convoy of eight merchant vessels from South Wales to Southampton. Four of the merchant ships were also lost in the action.

One of her crew, Seaman James Robert Beatty (Royal Naval Reserve), was Mentioned in Despatches due to his prompt action which helped to save lives when the ship was hit.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lord Hailsham H82". hulltrawler.net. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "British naval vessels lost at sea in World War 2 - 1942-1943". www.naval-history.net. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette 15 June 1943" (PDF). thegazette.co.uk. 15 June 1943. p. 2738. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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