Allied Warships

HMS Dumbarton Castle (K 388)

Corvette of the Castle class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassCastle 
PennantK 388 
Built byCaledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland) : Hargreaves 
Ordered2 Feb 1943 
Laid down6 May 1943 
Launched28 Sep 1943 
Commissioned25 Feb 1944 
End service 
History

In reserve at Portsmouth during 1947-1948.
Completed a refit at Grimsby on 15 July 1949.
In reserve at Harwich during 1950-1952.
In reserve at West Hartlepool during 1953-1959. Sold to B.I.S. Co. on 16 November 1960.
Broken up in March 1961 at Gateshead by J.J. King & Co.

 

Commands listed for HMS Dumbarton Castle (K 388)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Percy Frederick Broadhead, RNR3 Nov 194323 Nov 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Roger Crawford Heron, RNVR23 Nov 19441 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Dumbarton Castle include:


4 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR), HMS Longa (T/Lt. H.E. Smith, SANF(V)) and HMCS Qa'Appelle (Cdr. D.C. Wallace, DSC, RCNR). (1)

6 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR), HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR), HMS Lochy (Lt.Cdr. W.J.P. Roberts, RNR) and HMCS Qa'Appelle (Cdr. D.C. Wallace, DSC, RCNR). (1)

7 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Kingsmill (Lt. G.H. Cook, RN), HMS Nadder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Kitto, RNR), HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR) and HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR). (1)

8 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Lochy (Lt.Cdr. W.J.P. Roberts, RNR), HMS Nadder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Kitto, RNR), HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR) and HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR). (1)

13 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with FFS L'Escarmouche, HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR), HMS Nadder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Kitto, RNR) and HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR). (1)

14 Mar 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR) and HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR), HMS Lochy (Lt.Cdr. W.J.P. Roberts, RNR) and HMS Nadder (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Kitto, RNR). (1)

9 Apr 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR), HMS Boarhound (A/Ch.Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. A.W. Peak, RNR). (2)

11 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Havelock (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Tyler (Lt. C.H. Ranking, RN), HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.F. Broadhead, RNR) and HMS Berkeley Castle (T/Lt. F.A. Darrah, RNVR). (3)

28 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Berkeley Castle (Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR), HMS Lancaster Castle (T/Lt. W.S. Joliffe, RNR) and HMS Dumbarton Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Heron, RNVR). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/19326
  2. ADM 173/18494
  3. ADM 173/19218
  4. ADM 173/19423

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


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