Allied Warships

HMS Woolwich (F 80)

Destroyer Depot Ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer Depot Ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 80 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Laid down24 May 1933 
Launched20 Sep 1934 
CommissionedJun 1935 
End service 

Displacement: 8750 tons.
Lenght: 185m.
Armament: 4 4" AA guns.
Machinery: Geared turbines, 6500 SHP.
Speed: 15.25 knots.
Complement: 666 men.

Scrapped in 1962.


Commands listed for HMS Woolwich (F 80)

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1Capt. Edward Chicheley Thornton, DSC, RN11 Feb 193819 Sep 1940
2Capt. (retired) John Fawcett, RN19 Sep 194026 Jan 1942
3Cdr. Guy Robert Pilcher, RN26 Jan 19426 Jun 1942
4Capt. (retired) Lawrence Hodson Bayley, RN6 Jun 194224 Jul 1944
5Capt. (retired) William Bayard Hynes, DSO, RN24 Jul 194420 Sep 1945
6Capt. William Gronow Davis, DSC, RN20 Sep 19451 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Woolwich include:

16 Jan 1940
Around 1530 hours, the damaged HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Machin, RN), arrived at Greenock.

Repairs by HMS Woolwich (Capt. E.C. Thornton, DSC, RN) were completed on 23 January 1940. (1)

4 Jul 1942
Destroyer HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN) arrived at Port Sudan. The destroyer depot ship HMS Woolwich (Capt.(Retd.) L.H. Bayley, RN) and repair ship HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN) had also just arrived there earlier in the day and HMS Kelvin needed repairs due to troubles with her boilers.

The damaged destroyer HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, DSC, RN) also arrived late on the day. (2)


  1. ADM 53/112519
  2. ADM 199/2558

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

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