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|Displacement:||545 long tons (554 t)|
|Length:||164 ft (50 m)|
|Propulsion:||Reciprocating engine, 1 shaft|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
The Shakespearian-class trawler was a series of anti-submarine naval trawlers of the Royal Navy. Ships in the class had a displacement of 545 long tons (554 t), a top speed of 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) and a crew of 40 men. The trawlers were armed with a 12-pounder [76 mm (3.0 in)] anti-aircraft gun, three 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns and thirty depth charges. The class was nearly identical to the Isles-class trawlers, of which they are usually considered a subclass. Coriolanus, Horatio and Laertes were lost during the war. Othello, was transferred to Italy in 1946 and Rosalind to Kenya, also in 1946. By the end of that year, only Hamlet and Macbeth remained in service with the Royal Navy; both were sold in 1947.
Ships in class
- Built by Cochrane & Sons, Selby, UK
- Built by Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Beverley, UK
- Built by Goole Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Goole, UK
- Built by Hall, Russell & Company, Ltd., Aberdeen, UK
- Othello – Launched 1941, transferred to Italy 1946 as DR 310
- Built by A. & J. Inglis, Ltd., Glasgow, UK
- Robert Gardiner (ed. dir.), Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946, p. 66. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1980.
- Francis E. McMurtrie and Raymond V.B. Blackman (eds.), Jane's Fighting Ships 1949–50, pp. 102, 217. New York: The McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1949.
- Anthony Preston (ed.), Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II, p. 77. New York: Military Press, 1989. This is mainly a reprint of Jane's Fighting Ships 1946–47 with some materials from earlier editions.
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