Fifty Destroyers Traded for Bases
Many parts of my collection are about events concerning specific ships. Before the US entered active hostilities in World War II president Roosevelt made a trade of 50 older destroyers to the British navy in return for the right to build air and naval bases on locations belonging to the British Empire in the Western Hemisphere. The destroyers were obsolescent but could be converted for use as convoy anti-submarine escorts. That specific type of ship was needed very much by the Royal Navy.
At one time my collection included almost all of those 50 destroyers. Most of the models were made by Clydeside. Clydeside had models of the ships as delivered, after ASW conversion, and after extensive ASW modifications. All the models were repainted to match a pattern they actually carried when in one of those configurations. Most of those patterns were identical on both sides of the ship. Each one was labelled with the unique identification pennant number she carried on her side. There was a lot of duplication of patterns, so the following series of model photos only show one example of duplicated patterns. Where the pattern differed, I have photos of both port and starboard sides. I modified all the ‘as delivered’ versions by removing excess torpedo tubes before painting. The models connected to this page are all Clydeside models. The few that were made by other manufacturers will appear elsewhere.