Allied Warships

HMS Blackwood (K 313)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 313 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Nov 1941 
Laid down22 Sep 1942 
Launched23 Nov 1942 
Commissioned27 Mar 1943 
Lost15 Jun 1944 
Loss position50° 07'N, 2° 01'W

On 15 June 1944, the frigate HMS Blackwood (Lt.Cdr. Leslie Tillman Sly, RD, RNR) was on patrol as part of the 4th Escort Group in the west end of the English Channel to protect the ships of the Normandy landings, when she was hit by a Gnat from U-764 off Brittany. She foundered while under tow off Portland Bill the following day.
The wreck lies in 60 meters of water in position 50º07'00"N, 02º01'06"W.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 15 Jun 1944 by U-764 (Bremen).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Blackwood

Commands listed for HMS Blackwood (K 313)

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1Lcmdr Leslie Tillman Sly, RD, RNR22 Jan 194315 Jun 1944

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Notable events involving Blackwood include:

23 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-648 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 42°40'N, 20°37'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Bazely (Lt.Cdr. J.V. Brock, RCNVR), HMS Blackwood (Cdr. E. Chavasse, RN) and HMS Drury (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Parker, RN).

25 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-600 was sunk in the North Atlantic north of Punta Delgada, in position 40°31'N, 22°07'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Bazely (Lt.Cdr. J.V. Brock, RCNVR), and HMS Blackwood (Lt.Cdr. L.T. Sly, RD, RNR).

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

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