Allied Warships

HMS Vanquisher (D 54)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 54 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid down27 Sep 1916 
Launched28 Aug 1917 
Commissioned2 Oct 1917 
End service 

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort at Portsmouth Dockyard was finished in April 1943.

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


Commands listed for HMS Vanquisher (D 54)

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1Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Hillam Fraser, RN8 Aug 193811 Oct 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Conrad Byron Alers-Hankey, RN11 Oct 193911 Aug 1940
3Lt. Adrian Paul Northey, RN11 Aug 1940Feb 1941
4Cdr. Norman Vincent Dickinson, DSC, RNFeb 19417 Jun 1942
5Cdr. Charles Leigh de Hauteville Bell, RD, RNR7 Jun 1942late 1942

6Lt.Cdr. Gerald Anthony Gore Ormsby, RN15 Feb 194315 Nov 1943
7A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Meares Osborne, DSC, RANVR15 Nov 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Vanquisher include:

11 Sep 1939
HMS Walker (Cdr. W.J.C. Robertson, RN) and HMS Vanquisher (Lt.Cdr. K.H. Fraser, RN) collide with each other about 200 nautical miles south-west of Cape Clear while escorting convoy OB 2. Both ships were heavily damaged. Vanquisher even had to be towed back to port. Vanquisher was under repair until early January, Walker until mid-November.

8 Jul 1940
HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN) and HMS Vanquisher (Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, RN) together pick up 43 survivors from the British merchant Humber Arm that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 60 miles south of Fastnet in position 50°36'N, 09°24'W.

30 Nov 1940
HMS Vanquisher (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) picks up 9 survivors from the Greek merchant Mount Athos that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-103 two days earlier about 200 nautical miles south-south-west of Rockall in position 54°30'N, 15°25'W.

19 May 1941
HMS Vanquisher (Cdr. N.V. Dickinson, DSC, RN) picks up 2 survivors from the British merchant Empire Ridge that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 90 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°08'N, 10°40'W.

10 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-878 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of St Nazaire, France in position 47°35'N, 10°33'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Vanquisher (A/Lt.Cdr. F.M. Osborne, DSC, RANVR) and the British corvette HMS Tintagel Castle (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Atkinson, DSC, RN).

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