HMS Mackay (D 70)
Destroyer of the Admiralty Leader class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Laid down||5 Mar 1918|
|Launched||21 Dec 1918|
|Commissioned||19 May 1919|
Mackay was converted into a long-range escort at the outbreak of WWII with a reduced gun armament but carrying a complement of 50 DCs.
|Former name||HMS Claverhouse|
Commands listed for HMS Mackay (D 70)
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|1||Capt. Philip Louis Vian, RN||3 Aug 1939||26 Sep 1939|
|2||Cdr. Graham Henry Stokes, RN||26 Sep 1939||1 May 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Ernest Adams, RN||1 May 1940||10 Jun 1940|
|4||Cdr. Graham Henry Stokes, RN||10 Jun 1940||15 Oct 1940|
|5||Cdr. Eric George Anderson Clifford, RN||15 Oct 1940||late 1940|
|6||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Ernest Adams, RN||late 1940||25 Jan 1941|
|7||Lt.Cdr. Ernest Colin Coats, RN||25 Jan 1941||15 May 1941|
|8||Capt. Thomas Edgar Halsey, DSO, RN||15 May 1941||16 Sep 1941|
|9||Capt. John Piachaud Wright, DSO, RN||16 Sep 1941||5 Jul 1942|
|10||Capt. Selwyn Victor Jephson, RN||5 Jul 1942||22 Aug 1942|
|11||Lt. James Bogue Marjoribanks, RN||22 Aug 1942||29 Sep 1942|
|12||Capt. Selwyn Victor Jephson, RN||29 Sep 1942||15 Nov 1943|
|13||Cdr. Richard Frederick Jessel, DSO, DSC, RN||15 Nov 1943||Mid 1944|
|14||Lt. James Woore Cortlandt-Simpson, RN||Jun 1944|
|15||Capt. Jocelyn Stuart Cambridge Salter, DSO, OBE, RN||Jun 1944||Oct 1944 (1)|
|16||Cdr. (retired) Walter John Phipps, OBE, RN||1 Dec 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Mackay include:
17 Jan 1940
HMS Mackay (Cdr G.H. Stokes, RN) picks up 48 survivors from the British merchant Cairnross that was sunk after hitting a mine laid on 6 January 1940 by German U-boat U-30 seven nautical miles bearing 276 from the Bar Light vessel, Liverpool in position 53°32'N, 03°27'W.
28 Apr 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. Before proceeding on patrol on the 30th two days of A/S exercises were to be run off Dartmouth together with trawlers and HMS Mackay (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Coats, RN).
For the daily positions of HMS Sealion during this patrol see the map below.
- ADM 199/1835
- File 2.12.03.6397 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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