Puffin in March 1943
|Name:||HMS Puffin (L52)|
|Builder:||Alexander Stephens and Sons, Linthouse, Glasgow|
|Laid down:||12 June 1935|
|Launched:||5 May 1936|
|Commissioned:||6 August 1936|
|Decommissioned:||26 March 1945|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 1947|
|Class and type:||Kingfisher-class sloop|
|Beam:||26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)|
|Draught:||6 ft (1.8 m)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
HMS Puffin (L52) (later K52), was a Kingfisher-class sloop of the British Royal Navy, built in the 1930s, that saw service during World War II. The ship was laid down on 12 June 1935 by Alexander Stephens and Sons, based at Linthouse in Glasgow, launched on 5 May 1936, and commissioned on 6 August 1936.
On the outbreak of war, Puffin, like the rest of her class, was rapidly up-gunned. First a multiple Vickers machine gun was mounted on the quarterdeck, and two single 20 mm Oerlikon guns, added as they became available, on single pedestal mounts on the deckhouse aft, with the machine gun being replaced later with a further pair of such weapons. As it became available the Centimetric Radar Type 271 was added - a target indication set capable of picking up the conning tower or even the periscope or snorkel of a submarine. Radar Type 286 air warning was added at the masthead.
On 26 March 1945 Puffin under the command of Lt.Cdr. A.S. Miller, RNZNVR, rammed and sank a German Seehund midget submarine off Lowestoft. The impact caused the U-boat's torpedoes to explode and Puffin was so badly damaged that she was written off as constructive total loss, and finally sold for scrapping in 1947.