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Donaldson (DE 55)
HMS Byard (K-315)

Class: Buckley (lend-lease), Royal Navy - Captain Class
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 6" (max draft)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 4.940 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1-1.1"/75 Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 8-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10, 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 186
HMS Byard (K.315) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 August 1942: Contract awarded to the Bethlehem Stel Corp., to be named Donaldson
  • 15 October 1942: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 06 March 1943: Launched
  • 26 April 1943: Name cancelled and reassigned to DE 508
  • 18 June 1943: Transferred to Great Britain as lend lease, renamed HMS Byard (K.315)
  • 12 December 1945: Returned to U.S. Navy custody
  • 07 February 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 November 1946: Sold for scrapping to the Atlas Steel and Supply Co., Cleveland, Ohio
  • 08 December 1946: Resold to the Kulka Steel and Equipment Co., of Alliance, Ohio
  • undated: resold to the Bristol Engineering Co., Somerset, Mass., scrapped
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    Donaldson 67k 06 March 1943: Hingham, Mass. - USS Donaldson under construction at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo #19-N-81621) Nick Tiberio

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