HMS Antelope (H 36)
Destroyer of the A class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||6 Mar 1928|
|Laid down||11 Jul 1928|
|Launched||27 Jul 1929|
|Commissioned||20 Mar 1930|
HMS Antelope is not listed as active unit in the October 1944 Navy List onwards
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 31 January 1946. Scrapped at Blyth.
Commands listed for HMS Antelope (H 36)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Richard Taylor White, RN||24 Sep 1938||26 Feb 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Roger Bertram Nettleton Hicks, DSO, RN||26 Feb 1941||Aug 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Erroll Norman Sinclair, RN||Aug 1941||4 Oct 1943|
|4||Cdr. James Gordon Gould, RN||4 Oct 1943||late 1944|
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Noteable events involving Antelope include:
Adopted by Brentwood (a small town in Essex, UK, north-east of London) and has sent ?50 to the local hospital.
13 Jun 1940
While escorting HMS Ark Royal (Capt. C.S. Holland, RN) off Norway HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, DSO, RN) and HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, RN) collide with each other in heavy fog. Both destroyers were damaged and repairs took until ca. mid-August.
21 May 1941
The British battlecruiser Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral L.E. Holland, CB, RN) and the battleship Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) were ordered to proceed to Hvalfjord, Iceland as the German battleship Bismarck and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen were spotted by air reconnaissance at Bergen, Norway. As there were indications that these two were going to 'set sail' for a raid on the ocean trade routes.
The two British capital ships were escorted by the destroyers HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN), HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN), HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN), HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSO, RN), HMS Achates (Lt.Cdr. Viscount Jocelyn, RN) and HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.B.N. Hicks, DSO, RN).
19 Jan 1943
British destroyer HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Sinclair, RN) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Port Arthur (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.T. Simmons, DSC, RCNVR) sank the Italian submarine Tritone (offsite link) (Cdr. Paolo Monechi / 26 dead.) near Bougie, Algeria in position 37°06'N, 05°22'E. The Italian submarine was on it's first war patrol. She was only commissioned on 10 October 1942. (see map)