24-class sloop

HMS Sir Bevis
Class overview
Preceded by: Flower-class sloop
Built: 1917 – 1918
In commission: 1918 - 1946
Planned: 24
Completed: 22
Cancelled: 2
Lost: 1
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,320 long tons (1,341 t) standard
  • 258 ft (79 m) p/p
  • 267 ft 6 in (81.53 m) o/a
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
  • 4-cylinder triple expansion engine, 2,500 ihp (1,900 kW)
  • 2 cylindrical boilers
  • 1 screw
Speed: 17 knots (20 mph; 31 km/h)
Range: 260 tons of coal
Complement: 82

The 24 class was a class of minesweeping sloops. Derived from the preceding Flower-class sloop, but designed to appear double-ended. Twenty-four ships to this design (hence the class name) were ordered between December 1916 and April 1917 under the Emergency War Programme for the Royal Navy in World War I, although two of them were cancelled before launch. All were named after famous racehorses (winners of the Epsom Derby), but they were not named Racehorse class as the Admiralty realised that this could easily be confused in communications with the Racecourse-class minesweeper of paddle minesweepers, and they officially became the 24 class.

Like the Flower-class sloops, they were single-screw fleet sweeping sloops used almost entirely for minesweeping, although only ten were completed by the Armistice in 1918. However, they had identical deckhouses and gun shields at either end of the vessel, with straight stems and sterns. Furthermore, four of those completed had the single mast aft of the centrally-located funnel, and the rest had the mast forward of the funnel. The symmetrical design was completed with fake anchors at the stern to confuse enemy targeting.


See also

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