USS McLanahan (DD-264)
|Builder:||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum Victory Yard|
|Laid down:||20 April 1918|
|Launched:||22 September 1918|
|Commissioned:||5 April 1919|
|Decommissioned:||8 October 1940|
|Fate:||Transferred to United Kingdom, 8 October 1940|
|Acquired:||8 October 1940|
|Commissioned:||8 October 1940|
|Decommissioned:||3 May 1943|
|Fate:||scrapped, 19 June 1946|
|Class and type:||Clemson-class destroyer|
|Length:||314 ft 4 in (95.81 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)|
|Speed:||35 kn (65 km/h; 40 mph)|
|Range:||4,900 nmi (9,100 km; 5,600 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Complement:||120 officers and enlisted|
As USS McLanahan
Named for Tenant McLanahan, McLanahan was laid down on 20 April 1918 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts and was launched on 22 September 1918; sponsored by Mrs. Charles M. Howe. The destroyer was commissioned on 5 April 1919, Commander R. B. Coffey in command.
After shakedown off the Massachusetts coast, McLanahan was assigned to the Pacific Fleet. At San Diego, California in October 1919 she was placed in reserve and decommissioned in June 1922. She remained at San Diego until recommissioning 18 December 1939. Then, following overhaul and fitting out, she steamed to the east coast. On 8 October 1940 she decommissioned as a U.S. Navy ship at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and commissioned in the Royal Navy, under the terms of the Destroyers for Bases Agreement, as Bradford (H72).
As HMS Bradford
Bradford was modified for long range trade convoy escort service by removal of the two forward boilers and substitution of additional fuel tanks. This modification improved endurance but reduced top speed to 25 knots. Bradford performed escort duties in the Atlantic, including convoys to North Africa, for Operation Torch, from 1941 to 1943. On 3 May 1943 she was declared no longer fit for ocean escort work and was ordered decommissioned at Devonport. There, for the remainder of the war, she served as an accommodation ship. She was scrapped at Troon 19 June 1946.
- Lenton&Colledge (1968) pp.92-94
- Lenton, H.T. and Colledge J.J. (1968). British and Dominion Warships of World War II. Doubleday and Company.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.