|Old Hunt class Sloops|
|Abingdon||N23||Ailsa||1918||Bombed by Italian aircraft 1/4/42 & beached Kalkara Creek, scrapped 1950|
|Bagshot||N57||Ardrossan D.D||1919||To accomodation ship Medway II, Mercantile Bagshot mined 1/9/51|
|Derby||N90||Clyde S.B||1918||Scrapped 1946|
|Dundalk||N60||Clyde S.B||1919||Mined in Harwich Bay 16/10/40|
|Dunnon||N52||Clyde S.B||1919||Mined off Great Yarmouth 30/4/40|
|Fareham||N89||Dunlop Bremner||1918||To accomodation ship St. Angelo II, scrapped 1948|
|Fermoy||N40||Dundee S.B||1919||Bombed by Italian aircraft off Valleta 30/4/41, writen off & scrapped|
|Huntley||N56||Eltrigham||1919||Bomber by German aircraft off Mersa Matruh 31/4/41|
|Fitzroy||J03||Lobnitz||1919||To training ship 1939, minesweeper 1940, mined off Great Yarmouth 27/5/42|
|Flinders||J04||Lobnitz||1919||Accomodation ship 1940, scrapped 1945|
|Saltash||N62||Murdock Murray||1918||Scrapped 1947|
|Saltburn||N52||Murdock Murray||1918||Grounded off Horse Sand Fort 26/10/45 & written off, scrapped 1946|
|Selkirk||N18||Murdock Murray||1919||Scrapped 1947|
|Stoke||N33||Rennoldson||1918||Bomber by German aircraft off Tobruk 7/5/41|
|Widnes||N55||Napier Miller||1918||Bombed by German
Aircraft in Suda Bay 20/5/41, beached & abandoned
Salvaged as German sloop 12.V4, later Uj.2109.
Sunk by gunfire from HMS Eclipse, Faulknor & RHN Queen Olga 17/10/43
|1:600 Old Hunt class sloop
HMS Dunoon, early war with a 4" LA forward
a 12pdr AA aft © Andrew Arthur
|1:600 Old Hunt class sloop
HMS Aberdare, later war. The 4" LA has been
replaced by a 12pdr AA and four single 20mm AA have been added, one in each
wing and one on each side of the upper deck aft © Andrew Arthur
During the First World War, little provision had been made for
minesweeping, as it was thought that requisitioned fishing boats
and paddle-steamers would suffice. Unfortunately, they were not
ideally suitable, and were requisitioned so fast that soon there
were no vessels left.
For this reason, the "Flower" class sloop was put in hand, but being larger and more suitable for escort, they performed the latter general, and the "Hunt" class were laid down for the former role, smaller, cheaper and with less draught. It was originally planned to use paddle wheels, to decrease draught to a bare minimum, but the loss of propulsion in running seas, and their succeptibility to mine damage led to a return to screws.
They were small, lacking freeboard and short on bunkerage, but proved very capable of colonial employment.
Only the original Ailsa Shipbuilding group saw WW1 service, and the Admirality second group were little different, but completed too late.
By WWII, the 88 vessels built had been depleted to 27 vessels, lacking some or all guns. Wartime modifications were limited to standardising on four single 20mm cannon and two 12pdr AA guns.
|HMS Albany. The 'A' frame forward is an acoustic hammer added mid-war to defeat acoustic mines. Note how much extra equipment ( rafts, lockers, stores, rigs ) has been added to cope with wartime demands and the replacal of the forward gun with a gun-tub for ( probably ) a pom-pom or Oerlikon. © Steven Johnson|
|HMS Kellet. Note the pom-pom on the forward deck area and acoustic hammer.|
|HMS Moresby pre-war converted to a surveying ship. She was re-converted wartime to a minesweeper.|
|HMS Sutton, armed with two
12pdr. AA guns, fore and aft, and there is a 20mm cannon
forward of the bridge. © Steven
|Dimensions & Displacement|
|Standard Displacement||710 tons||Length||231'|
|Full Displacement||930 tons||Beam||28.5'|
|Performance & Propulsion|
|Speed||16.5 knots||Range||1500 nm @ 10 knots|
|2 x Yarrow water tube boilers, 1 x vertical triple expansion reciprocating engine @ 2000 ihp|
|Armament & Complement|
|Complement||74 officers & ratings|