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from Reserve and manned by Reservists.
Royal Review of Reserve Fleet in Weymouth Bay.
in commission and allocated for war service based at Scapa Flow
completion of storing and manning to war complement took passage to join
Commanding Officer Commander C Lambe, later Admiral Sir Charles Lambe),
on Northern Patrol for interception of mercantiles attempting to return to
Germany and commerce raiders on
passage to enter Atlantic
5th Carried out- first patrol.
Patrol deployment in continuation
German mercantile attempting to run the Blockade.
who had scuttled the enemy ship on approach were taken prisoner.
21st Set up patrol line off North Rona as part of Home Fleet-
operation to intercept German
SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU after the sinking of HM Armed Merchant
Northern Patrol deployment.
Senior Officer of Squadron reported this Class of cruiser had proved unsuitable
Northern Patrol duty.)
in hand for weather damage repair in Belfast.
Under way for 92 days since outbreak of war.)
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to Northern Patrol duty.
26th Released from Northern Patrol and took
passage to Portsmouth.
29th Transferred to West Indies for duty with 8th Cruiser
Squadron for interception of blockade
and for trade protection.
for foreign service at Portsmouth.
5th Sailed from Portsmouth to join Squadron at Kingston, Jamaica.
for interception patrol duties.
2nd Intercepted German blockade-runner on
passage from Aruba.
ship scuttled on approach.
8th Intercepted German mercantile HANNOVER with HM Canadian Destroyer
enemy freighter in tow whilst a party from HMCS ASSINIBOINE fought the fires started
crew abandoned ship.
no tugs were available both ships secured
alongside and took ship to Jamaica as Prize.
This mercantile became ss EMPIRE AUDACITY and later was converted for use as
escort carrier and renamed HMS AUDACITY. Sunk on 21st
December 1941 in
of a convoy on passage from Gibraltar to UK.
service helped establish the value of Escort Carriers in the relentless U-Boat
details of Atlantic operations see THE BLOCKADERS by A Cecil Hampshire).
defence role in eastern Atlantic with 8th Cruiser Squadron in continuation.
8th Deployed on patrol in Caribbean area as Senior Officer
to UK to reinforce Home Fleet.
13th Taken in hand at commercial
shipyard for fitting of Degaussing cables and change
THE TORPEDOMEN by A Poland for details of this equipment.)
October Nominated for duty
in Portsmouth command on completion for anti-invasion duties.
New Commanding Officer Captain RS Lovatt).
11th Sailed from Greenock for Portsmouth.
in SW Approaches based at Portsmouth.
and SW Approaches Convoy anti-invasion patrol in continuation.
for escort of military convoy WS5A and took passage to join convoy in
24th Joined WS5A with HM Cruiser BERWICK for
HM Cruiser NAIAD and HM Cruiser BONAVENTURE had already joined
with HM Corvettes CLEMATIS, CYCLAMEN, GERANIUM and
25th In action with German cruiser HIPPER in
defence of military Convoy WS5A.
smoke screen to obscure troopships and took part in a brief engagement in poor
during which HMS BERWICK was damaged.
broke off action because of imaginary threat of torpedo threat.
German ship had located convoy during night and waited until dawn before
what was considered a normal trade convoy.
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett and Naval
The brief engagement was totally unsatisfactory.
intended air search for HIPPER by carrier SWORDFISH Aircraft cancelled
order from the Admiralty.
two troopships were hit – ss EMPIRE TROOPER and ss ARABISTAN
were escorted to Azores by HMS CYCLAMEN.
27th Detached from Ocean Escort and took
passage to Gibraltar.
29th At Gibraltar.
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convoy defence duties and available as Distant Cover for military Convoy
which had been re-assembled.
One source suggests that this ship rejoined the escort, for WS5A.arriving at
Freetown on 6th January.)
convoy defence in continuation.
for transfer to South Atlantic Command after routine docking.
passage to Clyde for convoy defence in North Atlantic.
22nd Deployed in NW Approaches after arrival
23rd Took passage to Devonport for docking
prior to foreign service.
8th On completion of docking took passage
from Devonport to South Atlantic.
for trade defence and interception duties in South Atlantic.
Capture of ENIGMA documentation earlier in 1941 had enabled German radio
be decrypted at. Bletchley Park. This information enabled
the Admiralty to identify
movements of U-Boat and Commerce Raider supply ships.
a result interception by British warships in the South Atlantic was made possible
certainty. See BREAKING THE ENIGMA by D Kahn and HITLER'S U-
WAR by C Blair.)
for interception of supply ships with HM Aircraft Carrier EAGLE.
15th Captured German freighter LOTHRINGEN in
position 19.49N 38.30 W after sighting by
from HMS EAGLE.
ENIGMA material obtained enabled more vital information to be obtained.)
ship was later used as a British mercantile named ss EMPIRE SALVAGE)
30th Captured Vichy French freighter VILLE DE
TAMATAVE east of St. Paul's Rock in the South
22nd Captured Vichy French freighter VILLE DE
ROUEN east of Natal,. Brazil.
defence and interception duties In South Atlantic in continuation. October
with HM Cruisers DEVONSHIRE and DORSETSHIRE to intercept U-Boat
Ship PYTHON and Commerce Raider ATLANTIS known to be deployed in South
Atlantic for attacks on shipping and
re-supply of U-Boats.
RN ships were operating as independent units and deployed in specific areas where the
operations were intended.
HMS DEVONSHIRE sank ATLANTIS on 22nd November. See above references.)
for interception of PYTHON.
24th Under attack by U124 which was on
passage to met PYTHON for re-supply.
by two of three torpedo fired by U124 off St Paul’s Rock in position
of Pernambuco and 900 miles west of Freetown.
was steaming at high speed and bulkheads were unable to withstand stress of
explosion whilst under way.
torpedo struck amidships and the other aft.
damage including loss of radio facilities.
27th 72 members of the ship's company were
rescued by US mercantile NISHAMA and were the
survivors. Five of those rescued died later.
of the ship's company lost their lives including Captain R S Lovatt, OBE, RN.
The rescued men were landed in Trinidad on December 7th 1941.
still commanded by Korvette Kapitan Johann Mohr was sunk in position 41.02N
15.39W, west of Oporto. Portugal by HM Sloop BLACK SWAN and
on 3rd April 1943 during an attack on Convoy
were no survivors.