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HMS Lance

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Author: Adrian Kacz
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HMS Lance
L-class Fleet destroyer
Full set of construction photos is available here (12.7 Mb)
Model # 057

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Technical data:
  Launched November 28, 1940 - completed May 13, 1941
1,920 tons standard
  Length 362.5 ft  
  Beam 36.7 ft  
  Machinery Two sets of Parsons geared turbines; 48,000 hp = 36 knots
  Armament Main - 4 x 2 4 inch
    AAA - 4 x 4 40mm, 2 x 4 12.7mm
    Torpedoes - 8 (2 x 4) 21inch tubes
  Complement 221 officers and enlisted
     Most of her short, but very eventful carrier, HMS Lance spent as part of Force K, which was tasked with intercepting enemy supply convoys on passage to North Africa. On 9 November the taskforce engaged a convoy which consisted of seven ships escorted by the Italian destroyers Fulmine, Euro, Maestrale, Libeccio, Oriano and Gregale, covered by the cruisers Trento and Trieste. In the ensuing battle, that would become known as the Battle of the Duisburg Convoy, all of the merchant vessels and the Fulmine were sunk.

On 23 November Lance left Malta with the rest of Force K, after reports of a convoy on passage from Taranto to Benghazi. On 24 November they sighted the German supply ships Maritza and Procidas with an escort of two Italian torpedo boats. Both merchants were set on fire and sunk. After a brief period docked in Malta, Lance returned to convoy escort duties. On 17 December she became involved in the First Battle of Sirte. On 19 December she assisted in rescue operations after several ships of Force K ran into a newly laid Italian minefield. With HMS Havock she escorted HMS Exeter back to Malta.

In March Lance was docked for repairs which were expected to last until April. On 5 April she was hit by bomb dropped during an air raid on the docks. She sustained serious damage, including being knocked off the blocks and being partially submerged. On 9 April she suffered further bomb damage and work was suspended. Her wreck was subsequently salvaged and towed to Chatham Dockyard for a full survey to establish the extent of repair that would be required to return her to service. She was found to be beyond economical repair and was declared a Constructive Total Loss. HMS Lance was placed on the Disposal List in 1944 and was sold for demolition by TW Ward. She was towed to the breakerís yard at Grays, Essex, where she arrived in June that year.    



Model built and photographed by Adrian Kacz, used with permission.

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