Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Pheasant
Original Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders, Scotstoun, Glasgow
Original Yard No: 1780
Vessel Type: frigate
Year Built: 1942
Arrival Date: 15/01/1963
Breakup Started: 04/02/1963
Date First Beached: 19/06/1963
Date Breakup Completed: 12/09/1963
Draught For’d: 7' 3"
Draught Aft: 1-' 0"
HMS Pheasant was a Modified Black Swan-class sloop of the Royal Navy. Pennant No. U-49
15-07-1942 : Laid Down
21-12-1942 : Launched
12-05-1942 : Completed
Tonnages : 1,475 tons / 1,925 tons Dimensions : 91.3 metres x 11.7 metres
Propulsion : Geared Steam Turbines developing 4,300 SHP giving vessel a speed of 20 knots
Complement : 192 Officers and Ratings
6 x 4 inch A.A. Guns
4 x 2-pounder A.A. Pom-Pom Guns
12 x 20mm Oerlikon A.A. Guns
Hedgehog Anit-Submarine Mortar
HMS Pheasant War Career
1943 – Operation Husky (Invasion of Sicily)
1945 – British Pacific Fleet
The Modified Black Swan-class sloops were specialised convoy-defence vessels, with anti-aircraft and anti-submarine capability. They were designed to have a longer range than a destroyer at the expense of a lower top speed, while remaining capable of out-running the German Type VII and Type IX U-boats when they were surfaced.
HMS Pheasant had a top speed of 20 knots – their prey, the German U-Boats, could only manage 18 knots (33 km/h) on the surface and no more than 8 knots (15 km/h) submerged.
In the latter part of the war she was sent to the Pacific theatre. There Pheasant served in a task force with the escort carriers HMS Striker and HMS Ruler from April to August 1945.
In 1947, HMS Pheasant was re-classified as a Patrol Frigate vessel.
The vessel was sold for breaking on 7th December 1962, for which purpose she arrived at the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Facility at Troon, South Ayrshire, on 15th January 1963.