Bittern class sloop
HMS Bittern ablaze in Namsos Fjord after having suffered a direct hit in the stern by a bomb.
|Builders:||William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, United Kingdom|
John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited, Clyde, UK
J S White & Company, Cowes, UK
|Lost:||One, HMS Bittern|
|Length:||266 ft (81 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
Geared steam turbines on two shafts|
Six 4" AA guns (3x2)|
Four .5" AA guns (1x4)
Enchantress (as designed):
Four 4.7" guns (4x1)
Four .5" AA guns (1x4)
They were built as light, long-range escort ships with limited anti-air capability. They were fitted with Denny-Brown fit stabilisers and a HACS fire control system.
Three ships were built: HMS Enchantress, HMS Bittern and HMS Stork. HMS Enchantress, originally built as HMS Bittern but renamed before being launched in 1934, was the first in the class, and was built as an armed Admiral's yacht. Armament was 2 single 4.7 inch guns forward and 4 3 pounder saluting guns. Anti aircraft armament was installed at the outbreak of war, however the aft turret was originally replaced with accommodation and the armament was never replaced. The under-construction Enchantress was then renamed Bittern.
|HMS Bittern||J S White & Company, Cowes||14 July 1937||Sunk by bombing off Namsos, Norway, 30 April 1940|
|HMS Enchantress||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited, Clydebank||21 December 1934||Sold 1946|
|HMS Stork||William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton,||21 April 1936||Broken up 1958|
HMS Stork was completed as an unarmed survey vessel, and was only armed after the outbreak of war. The third ship in the class was launched as HMS Bittern, and completed as designed, but was lost to air attacks in the Norwegian campaign in 1940. HMS Enchantress survived the war and was sold into civilian service in 1946, being renamed Lady Enchantress. She was broken up in 1952. HMS Stork remained in service until being broken up in 1958.
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- Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946
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