Imperial War Museum. Via Wikimedia Commons
|Tonnage||940 tons standard displacement
1220 tons fully loaded
||205' by 33' by 15'8"
62.48m by 10.06m by 4.78m
|Maximum speed||16 knots
1 2pdr AA gun
2x1 Lewis machine guns
2 depth charge racks (60 depth charges)
4 depth charge throwers
||1-shaft (1100 ihp)
||4596 nautical miles (8510 km) at 12 knots
||Type 127 sonar
Type 271 radar
||Most shipped Hedgehog by 1943-6.
The Flowers were antisubmarine corvettes based on a whalecatcher hull and intended for rapid production. The original design was intended for coastal protection and aimed at minimizing manpower requirements. However, it soon became clear that U-boat wolf packs were a deadly threat to convoys in the ocean lanes, and the "Flowers" were pressed into service as ocean escorts. This required greater manpower for the sustained voyages, obviating some of the advantages of the design, which was eventually superseded by the "River" class.
The ships had excellent maneuverability, although they yawed badly in a heavy sea. Their chief weaknesses were their
speed and range. While adequate for screening against submerged
submarines, their speed was inadequate to catch a surfaced submarine in a
night action. Their limited
range, a consequence of their origins as coastal escorts, meant that
they could only escort a convoy partway across the North Atlantic before
handing it off to freshly fueled escorts near Iceland.
||Sunk by aircraft 1942-4-9 off Ceylon
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