Allied Warships

HMS Peterhead (J 59)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBangor 
PennantJ 59 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byBlyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) : Whites M.E. 
Ordered 
Laid down15 Feb 1940 
Launched31 Oct 1940 
Commissioned11 Sep 1941 
End service24 Aug 1945 
History

Reduced to reserve on 24 August 1945.
Sold on 1 January 1948.
Scrapped at Pembroke in May 1948.

 

Commands listed for HMS Peterhead (J 59)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. William Kilvington Tadman, RNR1 Aug 194111 Sep 1943
2Lt. David Powell Croom-Johnson, RNVR11 Sep 1943Mar 1945

3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Sidney Thomas Wenlock, RNRMay 194524 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Peterhead include:


25 Feb 1942
HMS Seawolf (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Peterhead (Lt. W.R. Tadman, RNR). (1)

27 Feb 1942
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Peterhead (Lt. W.R. Tadman, RNR). (2)

17 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. Passage was to be made together with HMS Vulpine (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Peterhead (Lt. D.P. Croom-Johnson, DSC, RNVR). However HMS Peterhead ran aground shortly after leaving Tobermory and both submarines then returned to Tobermory. (3)

19 Feb 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. Passage was made together with HMS Vulpine (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Peterhead (Lt. D.P. Croom-Johnson, DSC, RNVR). (3)

2 Jun 1945
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Brookes, DSO, DSC, RN) shifted from Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Peterhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). (4)

28 Jun 1945
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Milford (Cdr.(Retd.) G.G. Slade, RN), HMS Peterhead (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR) and HMS PC 74 (A/Lt.Cdr. A. Richardson, RNR) serving as targets. These included night exercises during the night of 18/19 June. (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17562
  2. ADM 199/424
  3. ADM 173/20150
  4. ADM 173/19998
  5. ADM 173/20059

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


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