Allied Warships

HMS Broadwater (H 81)

Destroyer of the Town class


Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassTown 
PennantH 81 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down10 Jul 1918 
Launched8 Mar 1919 
Commissioned9 Oct 1940 
Lost18 Oct 1941 
Loss position57.01N, 19.08W
History

On 15 October 1940 HMS Broadwater departed Halifax for the British Isles, via St. John's, Newfoundland, arriving in the Clyde River, Scotland, the 26th for service with the 11th Escort Group, Western Approaches Command. During the early part of 1941 the indispensable destroyer escorted convoys, carrying troops and military supplies, around the Cape of Good Hope to the Middle East. She spent May and June at Southampton, England.

Assigned to the Newfoundland Escort Force in July, the ship patrolled the North Atlantic and guarded convoys against the German submarine wolfpacks into the fall of that year. Early in the morning of 17 October she attacked a U-boat, one of a pack assaulting the convoy SC-48 some 400 miles south of Iceland. Twenty four hours later HMS Broadwater (Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN) herself fell victim to torpedoes of U-101 and sank at 1340hours the same day in position 57º01'N, 19º08'W.  

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 18 Oct 1941 by U-101 (Mengersen).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Broadwater
Former nameUSS Mason (DD 191)

Commands listed for HMS Broadwater (H 81)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Charles Leigh de Hauteville Bell, RD, RNR9 Oct 194027 Feb 1941
2Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN27 Feb 194118 Oct 1941

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Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


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