HMS Hertfordshire (FY 176)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Launched||6 Aug 1936|
Completed in September 1936.
In March 1942 she was lent to the U.S. Navy, but still manned by a British crew, to assist the American`s newly formed anti-submarine forces. In October 1942 she was returned to R.N. control and in December Hertfordshire was transferred to South African waters to combat the growing U-boat threat in this area.
From February 6-12th 1943 she was docked in the Selborne dry dock at simonstown, South Africa and spent the rest of the war escorting convoys around the South African coast.
In 1945 Hertfordshire returned to U.K. waters. She was sold later in 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Hertfordshire (FY 176)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) John Allen Shuter, RN||15 Nov 1939||23 Jan 1940|
|2||T/Lt. Elkan Maurice Green, SANF(V)||17 Mar 1944|
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Notable events involving Hertfordshire include:
11 Aug 1940
During a heavy air raid on Weymouth and Portland the ship was in Admiralty floating dock (AFD19) which was holed and strained. The Hertfordshire (Cdr. J.A. Shater, (retired), RN) suffered some splinter damage. (4)
11 Apr 1942
HMS Hertfordshire (Cdr. J.A. Shater, (retired), RN) picks up 24 survivors from the American tanker Harry F. Sinclair, Jr. that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-203 7 nautical miles south of Cape Lookout in position 34°25'N, 76°30'W.
15 Apr 1942
HMS Hertfordshire (Cdr. J.A. Shater, RN) picks up 9 survivors from the British merchant Rio Blanco that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-160 about 60 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°16'N, 74°18'W on 1 April.
- ADM 173/16283
- ADM 173/16285
- File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.