Fifty former USN destroyers in RN service

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.

H 72 MHS Bradford
Clydeside model of Stage 3 conversion to Long Range Escort. Appearance as of 1942 in WA 3 color camouflage
I 73 HMS Stanley
Clydeside model of Stage 3 conversion to Long Range Escort. Appearance as of 1942 in WA 2 color camouflage
I 93 HMCS St Francis
Clydeside model of Stage 1 conversion. with after torpedo tubes removed Appearance as of 1941 in WA camouflage with large back panel forward.
I 81 HMCS St Croix
Clydeside model of Stage 1 conversion. with after torpedo tubes removed Appearance as of 1940 with no camouflage
I 65 HMCS St Clair
Clydeside model of Stage 1 conversion. with after torpedo tubes removed Appearance as of 1940 with no camouflage
I 80 HMS Sherwood
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1941 in WA camouflage pattern.
G 58 HMS Rockingham
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1941 in modified WA camouflage pattern.
G 79 HMS Ripley
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1942 in Admiralty Intermediate class pattern
G 47 HMS Newmarket
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1941 in WA camouflage pattern.
G 08 HMS Newark
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1942 in Admiralty Dark class pattern.
I 76 HMS MANSFIELD
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1941 in WA camouflage pattern. The pennant number is incorrect and the model is no longer in my collection,
G 95 Montgomery
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1942 in a modified WA camouflage pattern. This is the starboard side.
G95 HMS Montgomery
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1942 in a modified WA camouflage pattern. This is the port side.
I 24 HMCS Hamilton
Clydeside model of Stage 1 conversion. with after torpedo tubes removed Appearance as of 1940 in a special camouflage pattern by Canadian artist Rowley Murphy. This is the starboard side.
I 24 HMCS Hamilton
Clydeside model of Stage 1 conversion. with after torpedo tubes removed Appearance as of 1940 in a special camouflage pattern by Canadian artist Rowley Murphy. This is the port side.
I40 HMS Georgetown
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1941 in WA camouflage pattern.
I 28 HMS Chesterfield
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1943 in Admiralty Standard destroyer pattern.
I 21 HMS Charlestown
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1942 in Admiralty Light camouflage pattern.
I 23 HMS Castleton
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1942 in a variation of Admiralty Light camouflage pattern.
H 94 HMS Burwell
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1941 in WA reversed black and white camouflage pattern.
H 82 HMS Burnham
Clydeside model of Stage 2 conversion. with only one set of torpedo tubes. Appearance as of 1941 in modified WA camouflage pattern.
H 81 HMS Broadwater
Clydeside model of Stage 1 conversion. with after torpedo tubes removed Appearance as of 1940 in a 4 color version WA camouflage that was widely applied to most of the class jut after conversion

 

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