Falmouth Class (1932) Sloop

Following the success of Escort Sloops (Escort vessels) during WW1, this was the fourth class constructed after the end of WW1.

They were a repeat of the Shoreham Class (1931) SL.

They were intended to be used as a convoy escort ship.

The term Sloop was officially dropped in 1937 when Escort Sloops were re-rated as Escort Vessels, but the term continued in unofficial use. An initial requirement to conduct minesweeping duty was reduced as the roles of minesweeping and convoy escort diverged. The required endurance was determined as the longest passage probable as a convoy escort which was the UK to Freetown, 3,500 miles plus a margin for operations. Say about 5000 miles at 10kts.

Three of the four ships survived WW2.


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This page last edited - 04 February, 2013.

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