Egret-class sloop

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HMS Auckland (L61) IWM FL 1201.jpg
HMS Auckland in January 1939
Class overview
Name: Egret class
Operators:  Royal Navy
Preceded by: Bittern class
Succeeded by: Black Swan class
In commission: 1938–1958
Completed: 3
Lost: 2
Scrapped: 1
General characteristics
Type: Sloop-of-war
Displacement: 1,200 tons
Length: 276 ft (84 m)
Speed: 19.25 knots (35.65 km/h; 22.15 mph)
Complement: 188

The Egret-class sloops were a three ship class of a long-range escort vessels used in the Second World War by the Royal Navy. They were an enlarged version of the Bittern class with an extra twin 4-inch gun mounting. They were fitted with Denny Brown stabilisers and the Fuze Keeping Clock anti-aircraft fire control system.


Ship Builder Launched Fate
Auckland (ex-Heron) William Denny and Brothers 30 June 1938 Sunk 24 June 1941 by dive bombers near Tobruk
Pelican John I. Thornycroft & Company 12 September 1938 Broken up 1958
Egret J. Samuel White 31 May 1938 Sunk by guided bomb in Bay of Biscay 27 August 1943

Service history[edit]

Three ships were built; HMS Auckland, HMS Pelican and HMS Egret. Auckland was lost on 24 June 1941, to 48 Junkers 87 aircraft dive-bombing both her and HMAS Parramatta, off the coast of Tobruk. Pelican was an effective convoy escort, and was credited with the destruction of four U-boats. She survived until the end of the war, and was broken up in 1958. Egret was lost to a guided missile. While patrolling in the Bay of Biscay, she was attacked by 18 Do 217 aircraft, one of which carried the Henschel Hs 293 guided bomb.[1]



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  • Hague, Arnold (1993). Sloops: A History of the 71 Sloops Built in Britain and Australia for the British, Australian and Indian Navies 1926–1946. Kendal, England: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-67-3.

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