HMS Cassandra (R 62)
Destroyer of the Ca class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||16 Feb 1942|
|Laid down||30 Jan 1943|
|Launched||29 Nov 1943|
|Commissioned||28 Jul 1944|
Arrived at Inverkeithing to be broken up for scrap on 28 April 1967.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Cassandra|
|Former name||HMS Tourmaline|
Commands listed for HMS Cassandra (R 62)
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|1||Cdr. Philip Frederick Powlett, DSO, DSC, RN||12 Jun 1944||early 1945|
|2||Lt. Charles Courtney Anderson, RN||10 Jul 1945||mid 1945|
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Noteable events involving Cassandra include:
11 Dec 1944
British destroyer HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) was hit by a Gnat torpedo fired by German U-boat U-365. The entire bow ahead of the forward magazine, including 'A' gun turret were blown off and the structure abaft this to the forward bulkhead of the fuel tanks was wrecked. Cassandra was taken in tow (stern first) by the British frigate HMS Bahamas (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomson, RNR). Later the tow was passed over to a Soviet tug which towed her to the Kola Inlet. 62 men lost their lives in this attack.