Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Bradford
Original Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Squantum, Quincy, USA
Original Yard No: 344
Vessel Type: destroyer
Year Built: 1919
Arrival Date: 17/08/1946
Breakup Started: 21/08/1946
Date First Beached: 21/02/1947
Date Breakup Completed: 11/05/1947
Draught For’d: 5' 6"
Draught Aft: 10' 6"
Twin-Screw Type 'A' Belmont Class Destroyer built as USS McLanahan for the United States Navy. DD 264
20-04-1918 : Laid Down
22-09-1918 : Launched
05-04-1919 : Completed
Dimensions : 314' 5" x 31' 8" x 9' 10" GRT : 1,215 tons DWT : 1,725 tons
Propulsion : Geared Steam Turbines, delivering 26,500 SHP, for a speed of 35 knots.
Crew Complement : 114 men
Placed in Reserve Fleet in 1939, then passed the Britain's Royal Navy, under the Lend-Lease Agreement, on 26-11-1940, then commissioned as HMS Bradford (H 72) at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 08-10-1940.
Battle Honours : Atlantic 1941-1943 : North Africa 1942 : English Channel 1943
In May 1943, whilst undergoing a refit at Liverpool, it was established that the vessel was beyond economic repairs. She was withdrawn from operational service and paid off. Thereafter, she was towed to Plymouth for use there as an accommodation ship. Throughout 1944 and 1945 she continued in service as an accommodation ship and tender vessel.
After VJ Day she was de-stored and placed in Reserve at Plymouth. In JUne 1946 she was sold to BISCP for breaking and in August 1946 was towed to the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company facility in Troon.