Allied Warships

HMS Vanessa (D 29)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 29 
Built byWilliam Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid down16 May 1917 
Launched16 Mar 1918 
Commissioned27 Apr 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort at the Green and Silley Weir shipyard, London was finished in June 1942.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Vanessa (D 29)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Henry Plumer, RN31 Jul 193912 Feb 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Eric Alonzo Stocker, RN12 Feb 19407 Jan 1941
3Lt. John Humphrey Albert Stucley, RN7 Jan 1941late 1941

4Lt. Charles Edward Sheen, RN31 Mar 194221 Feb 1944
5Lt. Barry John Anderson, RN21 Feb 19444 Oct 1944
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. Arthur St. George Walton, RNVR4 Oct 1944Jan 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Vanessa include:

16 Mar 1918
HMS Vanessa was launched by Mrs. Frederick Elvy. (1)

13 Jul 1940
Shortly after leaving Dover, escorting a convoy HMS Vanessa (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) was damaged by near misses during a German air attack. Vanessa's propellers were damaged and put out of action by a bomb exploding 6 yards astern. Vanessa was towed to Sheerness by HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN). Repairs to Vanessa were completed on 4 November 1940.

19 Jun 1941
HMS Vanessa is damaged by a German aircraft while on patrol in the North Sea. She suffered a direct amidships, blowing up boilers, the fore funnel was blasted overboard, and the deck opened up. Eleven ratings and the engineer officer were killed and many of the crew were injured and burned. The damaged destroyer collided with anti-submarine trawler HMS Turquoise. Vanessa was towed to Yarmouth by destroyer HMS Vesper.

26 Dec 1942
German U-boat U-357 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 57°10'N, 15°40'W by the British destroyers HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO, RN) and HMS Vanessa (Lt. C.E. Sheen, RN). U-357 was forced to the surface by depth charges and was rammed by HMS Hesperus.

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