USS McLanahan

Vessel name on Arrival: HMS Bradford


Original Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Squantum, Quincy, USA

Original Yard No: 344

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Vessel Type: destroyer

GRT: 1370

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"

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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.



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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 She was withdrawn from operational service and paid off.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.