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McAnn (DE 73)
HMS Balfour (K.464)

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 Balfour (K.464) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 April 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Steel Shipyard, Hingham, Mass. as McAnn (DE 73)
  • 10 June 1943: Reassigned to the United Kingdom under lend lease, reclassified BDE 73
  • 23 June 1943: The name McAnn cancelled and reassigned to DE 179
  • 10 July 1943: Launched
  • 07 October 1943: Transferred to Great Britain, commissioned as HMS Balfour (K.464)
  • 25 October 1945: Transferred back to the U.S. Navy at the new York Navy Yard
  • 05 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 28 October 1946: Sold to the State of New York for $1.00 for use by the New York Maritime Academy
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    McAnn 49k McAnn being launched SH1 Dan Hamon
    NRD, Buffalo NY
    McAnn 95k Balfour, August 1944, at speed off the Devon coast. She has the Channel two-tone grey camouflage, extra depth charge racks, but no Bofors aft. [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina

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