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Photo by Navy Photos/George Knight

By Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2003 Naval history homepage

Completed: 16 Jul 1942

Commissioned: 20 feb 1943

Displacement: 1710 ton  2,425 Full Load

Length: 358.25 ft (109.19 m) o/a

Beam: 35.75 ft (10.90 m)

Draught: 9.5 ft (2.9 m)

Propulsion: 2 x Admiralty 3-drumwater tube boilers, Parsons geared steam turbines, 40,000 shp (30,000 kW) on 2 shafts

Speed: 36 kn (67 km/h)

Range: 4,675 nmi (8,658 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)

Sensors and processing systems: 

Radar Type 285 ranging & bearing

Radar Type 290 Air warning

Complement 174

Armament: 1 x twin 4" gun Mark 19, 1 x twin 40mm Bofors Mk.5, 2 x Squid A/S mortar or 2 x Limbo Mark 10 A/S mortar

Nominated for Atlantic convoy defence and detached for escort of military convoy during Atlantic passage to Middle East.

Feb 16th 1943  Joined Convoy WS29 in Clyde with HM Cruiser NEWCASTLE as Ocean Escort.

Feb 28th  1943  Detached on arrival of WS29 at Freetown.

May 1943 Deployed at Freetown for convoy defence.

May 6th 1943  Joined WS29 on departure with HM Cruiser NEWCASTLE, HM Destroyers MALCOLM, BOREAS, WOLVERINE and WITCH as escort during passage to Cape of Good Hope

May 6th 1943. the HMS Rapid picked up one of the Lulworth Hill's liferafts. Of the 14 men that had survived the sinking, after 50 days adrift only two survived.

May 11th 1943. Detached from WS29 with HMS MALCOLM and HMS WOLVERINE on arrival of HM Destroyers RACEHORSE and RELENTLESS. Returned to Freetown.

Jun 3rd 1943. Joined military convoy WS30 At Freetown with HM Cruiser SUFFOLK. HM Armed Merchant Cruisers CARNARVON CASTLE and CORFU, HM Destroyers BOADICEA, WITCH and WOLVERINE as escort during passage to Cape.

June 9th 1943 Detached from WS30 with HMS MALCOLM and HMS WOLVERINE during passage on arrival of HM Destroyers NORMAN, QUADRANT and REDOUBT. Returned to Freetown

July   1943   Atlantic convoy defence based at Freetown in continuation.

July 12th 1943  Joined escort for military convoy WS31 during passage from Freetown to Cape of Good Hope as relief for HM Corvette ARMERIA, HM Destroyers FOXHOUND and and WITCH.

July 21st  1943  Detached from WS31 with HM Destroyers QUADRANT and REDOUBT on arrival at Cape Returned to Freetown

Fate: She became a target ship, being damaged by missiles launches from the guided missile destroyer Bristol in 1976. Following repairs in 1977 she was used as a target ship in Milford Haven. She was placed on the disposal list again in 1978. She was subsequently sunk in the Western Approaches by torpedoes from the submarine Onyx in 1981.



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