HMS Vanessa (D 29)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||William Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland)|
|Ordered||30 Jun 1916|
|Laid down||16 May 1917|
|Launched||16 Mar 1918|
|Commissioned||27 Apr 1918|
Reconstruction to Long Range Escort at the Green and Silley Weir shipyard, London was finished in June 1942.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Vanessa (D 29)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Henry Plumer, RN||31 Jul 1939||12 Feb 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Eric Alonzo Stocker, RN||12 Feb 1940||7 Jan 1941|
|3||Lt. John Humphrey Albert Stucley, RN||7 Jan 1941||late 1941|
|4||Lt. Charles Edward Sheen, RN||31 Mar 1942||21 Feb 1944|
|5||Lt. Barry John Anderson, RN||21 Feb 1944||4 Oct 1944|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Arthur St. George Walton, RNVR||4 Oct 1944||Jan 1945 ?|
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Noteable events involving Vanessa include:
16 Mar 1918
HMS Vanessa was launched by Mrs. Frederick Elvy. (1)
13 Jul 1940
Shortly after leaving Dover, escorting a convoy HMS Vanessa (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) was damaged by near misses during a German air attack. Vanessa's propellers were damaged and put out of action by a bomb exploding 6 yards astern. Vanessa was towed to Sheerness by HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN). Repairs to Vanessa were completed on 4 November 1940.
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, and the fore funnel was blasted overboard. 9 ratings are killed and 2 died of wounds with 15 of the crew being wounded. The damaged destroyer collided with anti-submarine trawler HMS Turquoise. Vanessa was towed to Yarmouth by destroyer HMS Vesper. Repairs were carried out at London, until mid-April 1942. (1)
26 Dec 1942
German U-boat U-357 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 57°10'N, 15°40'W by the British destroyers HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO, RN) and HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, RN). U-357 was forced to the surface by depth charges and was rammed by HMS Hesperus.
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