Allied Warships

HMS Dasher (D 37)

Escort Carrier of the Avenger / Charger class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
ClassAvenger / Charger 
PennantD 37 
Built bySun Shipbuilding (Chester, U.S.A.) 
Laid down14 Mar 1940 
Launched12 Apr 1941 
Commissioned1 Jul 1942 
Lost27 Mar 1943 
Loss position55° 40'N, 4° 57'W

22nd November 1941. Aquired for the Royal Navy.

On 27 March 1943, HMS Dasher (Capt. Lennox Albert Knox Boswell, DSO, RN) was in the Firth of Clyde when one of her Swordfish planes in practicing take-offs and landings. Suddenly a violent internal explosion occurred, sending Dasher to the bottom in only 5 minutes, stern first in position 55º40'N, 04º57'W. Oil from the ship caught fire and spread across the water to the survivors. 379 men drowned and 149 men were picked up by rescue vessels.


Commands listed for HMS Dasher (D 37)

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1Vice-Admiral (retired) Richard Bell Davies, VC, DSO, RN24 Feb 194211 Aug 1942
2Cdr. Charles Nugent Lentaigne, DSO, RN11 Aug 194210 Mar 1943
3Capt. Lennox Albert Knox Boswell, DSO, RN10 Mar 194327 Mar 1943

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Notable events involving Dasher include:

High-definition sonar survey of wreck of HMS Dasher by HMS Echo, Royal Naval hydrographical ship. The sonar images were not published, but the flight deck shows clear evidence of a large internal explosion. Depth over the wreck is reported as 124m. (1)

We recommend reading 'The Secrets of HMS Dasher' by John and Noreen Steele. Argyll Publishers. ISBN 1 902831 39X Third Edition 2002. It includes a report of the Board of Enquiry and other new information (1)

5 Feb 1943
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.W. McCoy, DSC, RN) served as target in the Clyde area for aircraft from HMS Dasher (Cdr. C.N. Lentaigne, DSO, RN). During these exercises HMS Oberon was escorted by HNoMS King Haakon VII. (2)

28 Jun 2000
On this date a team from the European Technical Dive Centre in Scapa Flow dived 131m / 428 ft to the flight deck of HMS Dasher and laid a Memorial Plaque prepared by the relatives' association in memory of the 379 men who perished when HMS Dasher sank on 27th March 1943. The engraved Memorial Plaque was dedicated by the Reverend J Smith. EU Church. Ardrossan. (1)

Media links

The Secrets of HMS Dasher

Steele, John and Noreen Steele

They Were Never Told

Steele, John and Steele, Noreen

The Tragedy of HMS Dasher

Steele, John


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/17865

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

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