HMT Lord Hailsham
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|Name:||HMT Lord Hailsham|
|Builder:||Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd, Selby|
|Launched:||30 June 1934|
|Fate:||Sunk on 27 February 1943|
|Length:||156 feet (48 m)|
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.
Lord Hailsham was on convoy duty when she was sunk on 27 February 1943 in Lyme Bay by German E-boats. 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.
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- "Supplement to the London Gazette 15 June 1943" (PDF). thegazette.co.uk. 15 June 1943. p. 2738. Retrieved 7 March 2017.