This is the first book in the series to cover a class of ship, previous volumes providing original builders’ plans for a single major warship. The Black Swan Class were built to provide the numbers of convoy escorts required, especially for the North Atlantic convoys. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Black Swan Class Sloops, detailed in the original builders' plans FILE: R3176 AUTHOR: Les Brown PUBLISHER: Seaforth Publishing, Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £30.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, war at sea, sloops, convoy escorts, North Atlantic, anti-submarine warfare ISBN: 978-1-5267-6596-3 PAGES: 128 IMAGE: B3176.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yc3sdpno LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is the first book in the series to cover a class of ship, previous volumes providing original builders' plans for a single major warship. The Black Swan Class were built to provide the numbers of convoy escorts required, especially for the North Atlantic convoys. – Highly Recommended.
The outbreak of war in 1939 saw the Royal Navy well prepared in many respects, except in the availability of convoy escorts. The series of naval treaties before WWII had focused attention on achieving an adequate fleet for the new agreed tonnage figures. Rather less thought had gone into ensuring that Britain had the services of an adequate number of modern convoy escorts that could deal with a growing submarine threat.
The Black Swan Class were rated as sloops and designed to be build rapidly, sailed with a small crew, having an adequate speed for convoy escort and a modern suite of anti-submarine warfare systems. They were a vital part of the escorts that fought across the North Atlantic, often in terrible weather conditions, and punched through the waiting U-Boat Wolf Packs.
Once more, the publisher has teamed with the (British) National Maritime Museum to draw together a fine selection of original builders’ plans from the incomparable collection residing at the National Maritime Museum. The series, of which this is the latest edition, has been very well received, especially by modellers and model engineers. The standard of production is first rate and the pricing aggressive for a book of this quality.