Ford Class

Ford Class Badge

Ford Class Seaward Defence Boats

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A variation on the basic hull design: 100 ft long x 19ft 8 ins beam x 6ft 6 ins draught, powered by three shafts with a Foden diesel on the centre shaft and two Paxman YHAX 550 bhp diesels on the outer shafts. The craft were capable of 14 knots on the outer shafts. If using the centre shaft a speed of 6 knots could be achieved. The three shafts never ran together as it simply didn’t work that way.

In addition to the single 40mm bofors gun and fittings for machine guns on the bridge wings, they could armed with two chaff-dispensing rocket launchers and a single 3-barrel SQUID anti-submarine mortar

Externally, the most distinctive feature of the Fords was their twin thin elliptical funnels, set side by side, relatively far aft on the hull. This, combined with their sharply raked bows, gave them a “lean and mean” appearance, rather reminiscent of the motor torpedo boats and motor gunboats of WWII, although somewhat lacking the heavy armament and high speed of the latter.

Dimensions:

Net Weight:  100 tons Length:  100 ft
Gross Weight:  142 tons Beam:  19.8 ft
Load:   ??? Draught:  6ft 6″

 

Performance & Propulsion:

Range:  15 tons of diesel
Propulsion:  1 Foden diesel (Centre shaft) 2 x Paxman 12YHAX 550hp Diesels (Outer shafts)
Speed:  14 kts (14 outer – 6 inner never used together)

 

Pennant

Builders

Completed

SHALFORD

P3101

Yarrow

ABERFORD P3102

Yarrow

AXFORD P3103

Simons

BECKFORD P3104

Simons

27.04.55

BRAYFORD P3105

Inglis (Glasgow)

1953

BRYANSFORD P3106

Inglis (Glasgow)

CAMBERFORD P3107

Vosper

DESFORD P3108

Vosper

GREATFORD P3109

Whites

GIFFORD P3111

Scarr

DROXFORD P3113

Isaac Pimblott

1954
MAYFORD P3114

Richards

HINKSFORD P3115

Richards

ICKFORD P3116

Rowhedge

KINGSFORD P3117

Rowhedge

DUBFORD P3119

Whites

GLASSFORD P3120

Dunston

MARLINGFORD P3122

Yarwwod

TILFORD P3123

Vosper

MONTFORD P3124

Isaac Pimblott

RIJGER P3125

Vosper (For South Africa)

HAERLEM P3126

Vosper  (For South Africa)

OOSTERLAND P3127

Vosper (For South Africa)

AJAY SPC3133

Garden Reach (India)

ASHAY SPC3134

Hooghly Dock (India)

AKSHAY SPC3135

Hooghly Dock (India)

ENUGU P3137

Camper & Nicholson (For Nigeria)

  14.12.61
ELMINA P13

Yarrow (For Nigeria)

   1962
KOMENDA P14

Yarrow (For Nigeria)

  1962

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