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Friday, 11 June 2010

H.M.S. GLENARM


Ship No 331




Twin screw “River Class” Frigate.



HMS Glenarm was a British River Class Frigate of 1590 tons displacement, with a length overall of 283 feet and a beam of 36 feet and 6 inches, she had a draught of 17 feet and 6 inches.

She was laid down on 15th June 1942, and launched from the yard on 8th March 1943. After successful sea trials she was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 30th July 1943.

HMS Glenarm was powered by two Admiralty 3-drum type boilers providing a top speed of 20 knots. She carried a complement of 140 and was armed with two 4-inch dual-purpose guns; ten 20 mm anti-aircraft guns and one Hedgehog multiple spigot mortar.

She had an early success in the U-Boat war and is credited with a successful attack on U-377 a German submarine Type V11C. She was sunk on the 17th January 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, by depth charges from the destroyer HMS Wanderer and HMS Glenarm. The U-Boat sank with all hands lost.

H.M.S. Glenarm was Renamed HMS Strule on 1 February 1944.

She was Transferred to the F.N.F.L. (Free French) on 25 September 1944 and renamed Croix de Lorraine. She was scrapped in 1961.

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