E Coast R.N. Named Ships

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E Coast R.N. Named Ships

Postby E28 » Thu Feb 08, 2024 7:36 pm

As in the title i am starting this for all to contribute and enjoy for RN ships which have name associations only between the East coast towns Berwick in the north & Boston in the south.

Propose it comprises anything geographical and on a map or chart and upto a few miles inland ideally. Town, hamlet, hunt, hill, river, castle, whatever from any era. Incorporate whatever you are happy with.

Let's kick off with the 1922 Washington treaty cruiser Berwick, 1 of the 7 Kent class 8" cruisers limited to 10,000 tons standard and launched by Fairfields 30 March 1926.

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5902&p=48618&hilit=berwick#p48618

This is not a historic record of her service and is extracted from this forum. She is also amongst the largest big guns for this area that can feature. She saw much action in WW2 with the home fleet and was the only RN 8" cruiser to see action one on one against another 8" cruiser. Not once, but twice.
Berwick post 1932.jpg

Here she is port qtr in the China fleet colours she wore for many years from completion but after her first foreign commission when modified in Blighty before a second China stint pre WW2. Her appearance would change numerous times over the next 15 years but this is the era when she was a very 'tiddly' cruiser.
Thats all folks. Sean.
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Re: E Coast R.N. Named Ships

Postby E28 » Tue Feb 13, 2024 8:23 pm

Never HMS Rennington.

Most here will be familiar with this village rammed between the A1 and the East coast rail ironmongery to the East, a few miles North of Alnwick. This is the parish..
https://northumberlandparishes.uk/rennington/map

Rennington was built as a Ton class sweeper for the RN yard no 420 in Lowestoft and launched 27 Nov 1958 by Richards Ironworks.

Except she never flew the white ensign, languishing in reserve for years until with 5 other Ton's she was palmed off to the Argentinians in 1967, modified with enclosed bridges and other refinements to make them fit for service in those chilly South Atlantic seas, until stricken in 2003 and desplintered the following year.
ARA Chaco ex Rennington.jpg

This is Chaco, ex Rennington, in ARA service, named for a state in, wait for it, North East Argentina. These Tons were fitted with 2 x Napier Deltic diesels which assaulted ones ears with a most distinctive sound reminiscent of tinnitus. Chaco image credit Ton Class Association. Thanks lads.
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Re: E Coast R.N. Named Ships

Postby Hornbeam » Tue Feb 13, 2024 10:36 pm

I wonder if the TCA source has got it wrong, unless she was sailed round to Gib by an RN Scratch Crew which was not unusual in those days as there was an Odd and Sods build of the Tons around the early years. Fortunately the Engineroom was fitted with the Soundproof Control Room with an Escape Ladder if I recall correctly, working around the running engines required ear protection and the ability to use sign language after of course you turned the engines over before starting to get rid of any “seepage” and then BANG they were away.
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Re: E Coast R.N. Named Ships

Postby E28 » Wed Feb 21, 2024 7:18 pm

Ouse river class.jpg

River class torpedo boat destroyer Ouse of 1905.

Coal fired bunkerage of 180 tons ensured the average River at 16 knots would use 1.4 tons coal or 11.43 coal knots per ton, 20 knots 2.9 tons or 6.9 coal knots per ton and tops 25 knots use 12 tons, 2.08 coal knots per ton, moderately economical but these high freeboard seaworthy Rivers were a huge advance over all the previous TBD's where speed and more speed was contracted. Ouse could achieve 380 miles (using miles, easier to relate) in 24 hours which equates to 7.3 times further than the length of this Yorkshire river from which she is named which with the Ure at 77 miles totals 129 miles combined.

Ordered to an identical design as Liffey in Cammell Laird's Wirrall yard as V0661and launched 7 Jan 1905, with 2 Irish named rivers for company, Liffey being 559, Moy 660, all the builders of the assorted River's had a high degree of autonomy, CL doing well with their output.

Ouse loved the East coast so much a good grounding 19 Oct 1914 off Redcar on the outer reef opposite the Coatham Hotel amused the residents over breakfast before rescue from tugs, repeated 25 july 1916 off Blyth. In fact she was accident prone with many incidents during hostilities, credit though for her contribution to the sinking of UC 70 and UB 115 the achievements being no accident off the East coast in August and September 1918.
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