H.M.S. LION

H.M.S. LION

Postby teesships » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:38 pm

H.M.S. LION on the Tyne
I keep saying naval vessels are of little interest to me, but I could not resist showing this one from the Albert Weller files.

It is quite amazing that this ship and her two sisters (TIGER and BLAKE) although launched in 1944 or 1945 were completed only between 1959 and 1961.
The LION (ex DEFENCE) was laid down by Scotts on 24.6.42, launched 2.9.44, completed 20.7.60, and broken up 1975. She was, however, completed by Swan Hunter WR, Wallsend, yn1859, and I imagine Albert took this photo prior to her completion there in July 1960.
1205lion.jpg
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Re: H.M.S. LION

Postby billy_s » Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:46 pm

Can remember seeing Lion being broken up by Wards Shipbreakers at Inverkeithing in the mid-70s.
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Re: H.M.S. LION

Postby E28 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:54 pm

Very interesting the way in which this cruiser ended up as HMS Lion.

She was ordered on 18 Dec 1941 as part of the 1941 Supplementary Programme with 2 sister ships, members of the FIJI class.
In November 1941 the Ships Names Committee proposed the 3 be named DEFENCE, SUPERB and TIGER, with a reference that should the name LION become available it be substituted for DEFENCE.

The battleship LION was under construction at V.A. Walker yard, no 16, having been laid down on 4 July 1939. LION was duly suspended and in Dec 1942 ordered to be dismantled and the slip cleared, which happened quite rapidly. She was officially cancelled on 15 Oct 1945.
The saga of the 4 LION class battleships did not die then, continuing for a few more years, a very complex story.

Needless to say, DEFENCE, having been laid up incomplete since launch on 2 Sept 1944 by Scotts, yno 611, arrived on the Tyne for part dismantling and reconstruction to a new design with new structures, weapons, electronics and more besides. This was done by Swan Hunters.
During this protracted work DEFENCE was renamed LION on 8 Oct 1957, no longer part of the FIJI class, but the TIGER class, TIGER, LION and BLAKE.
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Re: H.M.S. LION

Postby E28 » Tue May 19, 2015 6:31 pm

As noted by Ron in the first post here, upon arrival at S H W R the yard number 1859 was allocated.
Or more accurately, re allocated.
1859 was originally for a cargo liner to be constructed for DET Bergenske Dampskibselskab or BDS Bergen Line,
this contract having been cancelled.
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Re: H.M.S. LION

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:27 am

Lion at the Clyde Fleet Review in August 1965.
Lion, August 1965_1.jpg
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Re: H.M.S. LION

Postby Dennis Maccoy » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:41 pm

Lion, looking rather more careworn, at Rosyth on 21 July 1974 awaiting the short journey to the breakers.

Lion, Rosyth, 21 July 1974_2_1.jpg
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