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HMS Oxlip (K123)
Career (UK)
Name: HMS Oxlip
Namesake: Oxlip
Builder: A & J Inglis, Glasgow
Yard number: J1164
Laid down: 9 December 1940
Launched: 28 August 1941
Completed: 28 December 1941
Decommissioned: 1946
Identification: Pennant number: K123
Fate: Transferred to the Irish Naval Service
General characteristics [1][2]
Class & type: Flower-class corvette
Displacement: 925 long tons (940 t; 1,036 short tons)
Length: 205 ft (62.48 m)o/a
Beam: 33 ft (10.06 m)
Draught: 11.5 ft (3.51 m)
Propulsion:
  • single shaft
  • 2 x fire tube Scotch boilers
  • 1 x 4-cycle triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
  • 2,750 ihp (2,050 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (29.6 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 km) at 12 knots (22.2 km/h)
Complement: 85
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × SW1C or 2C radar
  • 1 × Type 123A or Type 127DV ASDIC
Armament:
  • 1 × 4-inch BL Mk.IX single gun
  • 2 × .50 cal machine gun (twin)
  • 2 × Lewis .303 cal machine gun (twin)
  • 2 × Mk.II depth charge throwers
  • 2 × depth charge rails with 40 depth charges
  • originally fitted with minesweeping gear, later removed
  • HMS Oxlip was a Flower-class corvette that served in the Royal Navy during World War II.

    Construction[]

    Oxlip was ordered in July 1939 as part of the Royal Navy’s 1939 War Emergency building programme. She was laid down by A & J Inglis of Glasgow on 9 December 1940, launched 28 August 1941 and completed 28 December the same year. After working up and trials she joined Western Approaches Command for anti-submarine warfare and convoy escort duties.

    Service history[]

    From February 1942 onwards Oxlip served with close escort groups on Arctic convoys taking war materiel from the Western Allies to the Soviet Union. In three years Oxlip sailed with 18 Arctic convoys (outbound and homebound), contributing to the safe and timely arrival of more than 300 merchant ships. With the end of hostilities Oxlip was decommissioned and in 1946 she was sold.

    Post-war service[]

    In 1946 Oxlip was sold to the Irish Naval Service where she was commissioned as Maev. She was stricken in March 1972.

    Convoys escorted[]

    Arctic convoys 1942-45[3]
    Outbound Homebound
    PQ 11 QP 8
    PQ 14 QP 11
    JW 51A RA 52
    JW 55B RA 55B
    JW 56B RA 56
    JW 59 RA 59A
    JW 61 RA 61
    JW 65 RA 65
    JW 66 RA 66

    Notes[]

    1. Elliott p187
    2. Conway p62
    3. Ruegg, Hague p90

    References[]

    • Gardiner R, Chesnau R: Conways All the Worlds Fighting Ships 1922–1946 (1980) ISBN 0-85177-146-7

    External links[]


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