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ROYAL NAVY SOUTH ATLANTIC COMMAND - ROYAL NAVY C D SHIPS *

13)COPINSAY (ARMED TRAWLER)



Photo. www.iwm.org.uk  Sister ship HMS Ailsa Craig



Completed: 1940


Displacement:  545 tons


Length: 164 ft


Beam: 27 ft


Draught: 11 ft


Propulsion: 1 triple expansion reciprocating engine, 1 shaft, 850 ihp (634 kW)


Speed: 12 kts


Complement: 40


Armament: One  12-pounder gun and three or four 20 mm Oerlikon AA guns with 30 depth charges. 


At 21.31 hours on 3 Apr, 1942 HMS Copinsay  escorted US Merchant West Irmo when the same was attacked by U-505 some 300 miles southwest of Takoradi in pos. 02º 10’N 05º 35’W. In the following Day  HMS Copinsay rescued 99 survivors while made strenuous effort to tow the ship stern first but stopped as her rudder and propeller came out of the water because she settled by the bow and dropped a depth charge to hasten the sinking at 21.10 hours in 02°17N/05°25W


 

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