Allied Warships

HMS Breda (4.84)

Armed Yacht

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeArmed Yacht
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant4.84 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)  
Ordered 
Laid down 
LaunchedMar 1912 
Commissioned 
Lost18 Feb 1944 
History

Displacement: 1207 tons.
Completed in June 1912 as Sapphire.
Purchased by the Admiralty in 1939 and renamed Breda.
Served in A/S role and later as tender to submarine flotilla's.

Sunk after a collision near Campbeltown, Scotland on 18 February 1944.

 

Commands listed for HMS Breda (4.84)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Newell Herbert Gale, RD, RNR11 Dec 193925 Jul 1940
2Capt. (retired) Archibald Edward Johnston, RN25 Jul 194031 Dec 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Gerald Gordon Slade, RN31 Dec 194318 Feb 1944

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Notable events involving Breda include:


1 Aug 1940
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted practice attacks on HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) in the Clyde area. (1)

21 Aug 1940
HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. Upon completion of these exercises she proceeded to Campbeltown. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (2)

26 Aug 1940
HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) conducted exercises on the Clyde with the British armed yacht HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (3)

30 Aug 1940
HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) conducted exercises on the Clyde with the British armed yacht HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (3)

2 Sep 1940
HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) conducted exercises on the Clyde with the British armed yacht HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (3)

9 Sep 1940
HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) conducted exercises on the Clyde with the British armed yacht HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (3)

25 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (4)

26 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (4)

27 Sep 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (4)

2 Oct 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Rothesay for Scapa Flow. She is escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (5)

11 Oct 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.E. Coltart, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises (for the C.O.Q.C. = Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) in the Clyde area together with HMS Otway (Lt. E.D. Norman, RN). The targets were the submarine tender HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN) escorted by (at least) patrol yacht HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (6)

23 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (7)

24 Oct 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (7)

3 Nov 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (8)

18 Nov 1940
HMS Taku (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) conducted exercises on Inchmarnock Water with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (9)

20 Nov 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) until 0900/21 when HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN) took over the escort. (10)

20 Nov 1940
HMS H 33 (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (11)

21 Nov 1940
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson, DSC, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (12)

28 Nov 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. M. Willmott, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (13)

21 Dec 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted until 0805 hours by HMS Clarkia (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR) after which HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) took over the escort. (14)

1 Jan 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. L.W.A. Bennington, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory where she was to aid in the A/S training of newly commissioned escort ships. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (15)

18 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) conducted night exercises with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). Upon completion of these exercises they proceeded to Rothesay where they arrived later the same day. (16)

21 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (16)

22 Mar 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. R.D. Whiteway-Wilkinson DSC, RN) arrived at Tobermory. She departed later the same day togther with HMS H 33 (Lt. C.H. Rankin, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) for Falmouth. The submarines were escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (16)

10 Apr 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) shifted from Falmouth to Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (17)

15 Apr 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) departed Falmouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (18)

15 May 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) and HMS Kingfisher (Cdr.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, RN). (19)

29 May 1941
HMS H 28 (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, RN) conducted torpedo firing exercises and night exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (20)

12 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (21)

24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.

The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.

This convoy was attacked in the morning by two submarines; HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN).

In the afternoon the convoy was attacked (near Campbeltown) by HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN), HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN). (22)

12 Sep 1941
At 0533 hours (zone -1), HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). They then proceed north through the Irish Sea towards Rothesay. (23)

12 Dec 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (24)

16 Dec 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. At Oban HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) joined. The submarines were escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (24)

17 Dec 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) arrived at Rothesay.

She then departed Rothesay for her 10th war patrol later the same day. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN).

[No positions are noted in the log of HMS H 43 for this period so no map for this patrol can be displayed.] (24)

1 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol at Falmouth.

She made rendez-vous with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) off Lizard Rock at 1022 hours. Both ships arrived at Falmouth shortly before 1700 hours. (25)

2 Jan 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN), HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) departed Falmouth for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (26)

2 Jan 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Falmouth. She was escorted in by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (27)

4 Jan 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN), HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) and HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) and their escort, HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), all arrived at Rothesay. (26)

16 Jan 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) until Wolf Rock. (28)

29 Jan 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for her 14th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS H 50 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN). During their passage south, the submarines were escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (29)

13 Mar 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (30)

6 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN), HMS H 32 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN), HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) conducted practice attacks on a convoy made up of the submarine tenders HMS Cyclops (Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), HMS Titania (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) and their escort HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR). (31)

9 May 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN).

8 Jun 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) conducted practice attacks in Inchmarnock Water on HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) and HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN). (32)

19 Jun 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (33)

20 Jul 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She is escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). (34)

17 Nov 1942
HMS Otway (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (35)

20 Nov 1942
HMS Otway (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) arrived at Plymouth. It had been intended that she was to proceed to Portsmouth to refit but this was now changed to Barrow. So she now went back north again still escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (35)

20 Nov 1942
With her refit completed HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) departed from the Devonport Dockyard bound for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN). (36)

17 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in Bute Sound with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) as the target and HNoMS King Haakon VII as escort for HMS Breda. (37)

18 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises on Inmarnock Water with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) as the target and HNoMS King Haakon VII as escort for HMS Breda. (37)

19 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises on Inmarnock Water with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) as the target and HNoMS King Haakon VII as escort for HMS Breda. (37)

25 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) was conducting exercises on Inmarnock Water when she was ordered to search in the Clyde area for her missing sister ship HMS Vandal (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN).

The following submarines / ships were also ordered to search for HMS Vandal (which was not found until 1994); HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN), HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN), HMS Whitehall (Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Kingfisher (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Gandy, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR), HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN), HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Warren, RN) and HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (37)

28 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises on Inmarnock Water with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) as the target and HMS Skate (Lt. J. Smallwood, RN) as escort for HMS Breda. (37)

25 May 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN). Also gunnery exercises were carried out on a target towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (38)

13 Jan 1944
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN). (39)

14 Jan 1944
HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) departed Scapa Flow for passage to the Clyde. She made the passage together with HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) which was coming from Lerwick. The submarines were escorted by HMS Breda (Lt.Cdr. G.G. Slade, RN). (40)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16296
  3. File 2.12.03.6435 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16279
  5. ADM 173/16307
  6. ADM 173/16280
  7. ADM 173/16333
  8. ADM 173/16308
  9. ADM 173/16579
  10. ADM 173/16290
  11. ADM 173/16299
  12. ADM 173/16281
  13. ADM 173/16334
  14. ADM 173/16291
  15. ADM 173/16713
  16. ADM 173/16727
  17. File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  18. ADM 199/400
  19. ADM 173/16739
  20. ADM 173/16717
  21. ADM 173/16740
  22. File 2.12.03.7131 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  23. ADM 173/17011
  24. ADM 173/16778
  25. ADM 199/1828
  26. ADM 199/424
  27. ADM 199/1829
  28. ADM 173/17197
  29. ADM 173/17233
  30. ADM 173/17235
  31. ADM 173/17201 + ADM 53/116690
  32. File 2.12.03.6370 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  33. ADM 173/17214
  34. ADM 173/17251
  35. ADM 173/17342
  36. ADM 173/17630
  37. ADM 173/18388
  38. ADM 173/18391
  39. ADM 173/18792
  40. ADM 199/1385

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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