Staff Writer (Updated: 6/1/2015):
All four of the surviving vessels were scrapped by 1960 - including HMS Duke of York (1958).
HMS Duke of York was ordered on November 16th, 1936 and saw her keel laid down by builder John Brown & Company at Clydebank, Scotland (Yard No. 554) on May 5th, 1937. She was launched on February 28th, 1940 and commissioned on November 4th, 1941. With World War 2 officially beginning in September of 1939, Britain and her allies had been at war for some time before the arrival of HMS Duke of York in 1941 - making her an ultra-important addition to British naval actions moving forward.
The vessel displaced 42,075 tons (long) and showcased a length of 745 feet, a beam of 103 feet, and a draught of 34.3 feet. Her machinery included 8 x Admiralty boilers feeding 4 x Parsons geared turbines generating 110,000 horsepower to 4 x shafts. The warship could make headway at 28 knots out to ranges of 18,000 miles. The ship's profile included two smoke funnels book-ending the gap at midships. The bridge was fitted ahead of the foremost funnel and the second funnel was attached to the aft superstructure.
HMS Duke of York fitted various radar equipment before the end of her career including Type 281 air and Type 273 surface warning radars in addition to the Type 284, Type 285, and Type 282 gunnery ranging sets for her various armament installations. Her armament was led by 10 x 14" (360mm) BL Mk VII main guns fitted across 3 x multi-gunned primary turrets - two turrets mounted fore (one twin-gunned, the other quadruple-gunned) and one (quadruple-gunned) aft of the bridge. 16 x 5.25" (133mm) QF Mk I Dual-Purpose (DP) guns were used to engage both surface warships as well as to bombard land-based targets during amphibious support actions. Some 48 x 2-pounder (40mm) QF Mk VIII guns served as the primary Anti-Aircraft (AA) coverage while these were supported by 6 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns (her original AA protection scheme was improved before the end of the war).