Consort on the River Clyde in 1946
|Ordered||14 August 1942|
|Builder||Alexander Stephen & Sons, Linthouse|
|Laid down||26 May 1943|
|Launched||19 October 1944|
|Commissioned||19 March 1946|
|Identification||Pennant number: R76|
|Fate||Arrived for scrapping at Swansea on 15 March 1961|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class and type||C-class destroyer|
|Displacement||1,865 long tons (1,895 t) (standard)|
|Length||362 ft 9 in (110.6 m) o/a|
|Beam||35 ft 8 in (10.9 m)|
|Draught||15 ft 3 in (4.6 m) (full load)|
|Propulsion||2 shafts; 2 geared steam turbines|
|Speed||36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)|
|Range||4,675 nautical miles (8,658 km; 5,380 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
Design and description
The Co sub-class was a repeat of the preceding Ch sub-class. Consort displaced 1,865 long tons (1,895 t) at standard load and 2,515 long tons (2,555 t) at deep load. They had an overall length of 362 feet 9 inches (110.6 m), a beam of 35 feet 8 inches (10.9 m) and a deep draught of 15 feet 3 inches (4.6 m).
The ships were powered by a pair of geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft using steam provided by two Admiralty three-drum boilers. The turbines developed a total of 40,000 indicated horsepower (30,000 kW) and gave a speed of 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph) at normal load. During her sea trials, Consort reached a speed of 31.6 knots (58.5 km/h; 36.4 mph) at a load of 2,356 long tons (2,394 t). The Co sub-class carried enough fuel oil to give them a range of 4,675 nautical miles (8,658 km; 5,380 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph). The ships' complement was 186 officers and ratings.
The main armament of the destroyers consisted of four QF 4.5-inch (114 mm) Mk IV dual-purpose guns, one superfiring pair each fore and aft of the superstructure protected by partial gun shields. Their anti-aircraft suite consisted of one twin-gun stabilised Mk IV "Hazemeyer" mount for 40-millimetre (1.6 in) Bofors guns and two single 2-pounder (40 mm) AA guns amidships, and single mounts for a 20-millimetre (0.8 in) Oerlikon AA gun on the bridge wings. The ships were fitted with one quadruple mount for 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes. The ships were equipped with a pair of depth charge rails and two throwers for 35 depth charges.
Construction and career
Consort was damaged by artillery fire during the Yangtze Incident in an attempt to tow the sloop Amethyst from a mudbank, taking 56 direct hits, and causing casualties of 23 wounded and a further ten dead.
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