Allied Warships

HMS Vesper (D 55)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 55 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid down27 Dec 1916 
Launched15 Dec 1917 
Commissioned20 Feb 1918 
End service 
History

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in September 1943.

HMS Vesper is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy list

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Vesper (D 55)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Frederick Eyre Hussey, RN31 Jul 193924 Feb 1941
2Lt. Peter William Furneaux Stubbs, RN24 Feb 194114 May 1942
3Lt. Douglas Henry Reid Bromley, RN14 May 1942early 1943

4Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm Rodgers, RN8 May 19431 Apr 1944
5Lt.Cdr. Vernon Dudley Ravenscroft, RN1 Apr 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Vesper include:


14 Feb 1940
HMS Whitshed (Cdr E.R. Conder, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN) together pick up 72 survivors from the British merchant Sultan Star that was torpedoed and sunk southwest of the Scilly Isles in position 48°54'N, 10°03'W by German U-boat U-48.

1 Jul 1940
HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. W.E.F. Hussey, DSC, RN) and HMS Windsor (Cdr. P.D.H.R. Pelly, RN) together pick up 111 survivors from the British merchant Beignon that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-30 about 300 nautical miles west of Ushant in position 47°20'N, 10°30'W.

19 Jun 1941
HMS Vanessa is damaged by a German aircraft while on patrol in the North Sea. She suffered a direct hit amidships, blowing up boilers, the fore funnel was blasted overboard, and the deck opened up. Eleven ratings and the engineer officer were killed and many of the crew were injured and burned. The damaged destroyer collided with anti-submarine trawler HMS Turquoise. Vanessa was towed to Yarmouth by destroyer HMS Vesper.

12 Dec 1942
The British destroyers HMS Whitshed, HMS Worcester and HMS Vesper, the British escort destroyers HMS Brocklesby and HMS Albrighton, and the Norwegian escort destroyer Eskdale attacked German shipping in the English Channel. Eskdale torpedoed and sank Sperrbrecher 144/Beijerland (387 BRT) west of Le Treport, France in position 50°05'N, 01°09'E and Whitshed torpedoed and sank Sperrbecher 178/Gauss (1236 BRT) north-east of Dieppe, France in position 50°04'N, 01°09'E.

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