HMS Vanquisher (D 54)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||30 Jun 1916|
|Laid down||27 Sep 1916|
|Launched||28 Aug 1917|
|Commissioned||2 Oct 1917|
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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|1||Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Hillam Fraser, RN||8 Aug 1938||11 Oct 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Conrad Byron Alers-Hankey, RN||11 Oct 1939||11 Aug 1940|
|3||Lt. Adrian Paul Northey, RN||11 Aug 1940||Feb 1941|
|4||Cdr. Norman Vincent Dickinson, DSC, RN||Feb 1941||7 Jun 1942|
|5||Cdr. Charles Leigh de Hauteville Bell, RD, RNR||7 Jun 1942||late 1942|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Gerald Anthony Gore Ormsby, RN||15 Feb 1943||15 Nov 1943|
|7||A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Meares Osborne, DSC, RANVR||15 Nov 1943||mid 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).