HMS Blean (L47)
Blean in dazzle camouflage
|Ordered:||28 July 1940|
|Builder:||Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn-on-Tyne|
|Laid down:||22 February 1941|
|Launched:||15 January 1942|
|Commissioned:||23 August 1942|
|Identification:||pennant number: L47|
|Fate:||Torpedoed and sunk by U-443 on 11 December 1942 11 miles north-west of Oran.|
|Type:||Type III Hunt-class destroyer|
|Length:||85.3 m (279 ft 10 in) o/a|
|Beam:||10.16 m (33 ft 4 in)|
|Draught:||3.51 m (11 ft 6 in)|
|Range:||2,350 nmi (4,350 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)|
HMS Blean was a Type III Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was named after the Blean Beagles Hunt at the village of Blean just north of Canterbury. She had the shortest career of any of the Hunt-class destroyers.
After working up at Scapa Flow followed by some repairs on the Thames she escorted a convoy to Gibraltar arriving on 2 November 1942. She then joined the 58th Destroyer Division escorting Operation Torch convoys. While escorting the British convoy MKF-4 off the Algerian coast, Blean was torpedoed by U-443 on 11 December 1942 11 miles (18 km) north-west of Oran. The U-boat aimed one torpedo against her and then one against the convoy, but both hit Blean and she sank within four minutes with the loss of 89 men.
A memorial to her was unveiled in the church of St. Cosmus and St. Damian in the village of Blean on 10 December 2006.
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- English, John (1987). The Hunts: a history of the design, development and careers of the 86 destroyers of this class built for the Royal and Allied Navies during World War II. England: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905-617-444.
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