HMS Cotswold (L 54)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||11 Apr 1939|
|Laid down||10 Oct 1939|
|Launched||18 Jul 1940|
|Commissioned||16 Nov 1940|
Used as a breakwater at Harwich, England in 1956 before being scrapped.
Was second R.N. ship of the name.
Commands listed for HMS Cotswold (L 54)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Peter John Knowling, RN||23 Oct 1940||27 Aug 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Rupert Cyril Egan, RN||27 Aug 1941||mid 1942|
|3||Lt. Alan Lennard Wylde, RN||Mar 1943||23 Feb 1944|
|4||A/Lt.Cdr. John William Whittle, DSC, RNVR||23 Feb 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Cotswold include:
The wreck of the St. Donats lies in position 53°28'39"N, 01°01'09"E.
HMS Cotswold was under repair for about a month.
5 Feb 1942
The heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland (Capt. A.H. Maxwell-Hyslop, AM, RN) departed Rosyth for Sheerness. She is being escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Winchester (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Cotswold (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN). (1)
6 Oct 1943
The heavy cruiser HMS Kent (Capt. G.A.B. Hawkins, DSC, MVO, RN) departed Sheerness for Scapa Flow and the light cruiser HMS Dauntless (Cdr. D.C. Kinloch, DSO, RN) and escort destroyer HMS Cotswold (Lt. A.L. Wylde, RN) departed Sheerness for Rosyth.
At 1815A/6, HMS Dauntless and HMS Cotswold parted company with HMS Kent. (2)
- ADM 53/115682
- ADM 53/117318 + ADM 53/117698
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.