HMS Resource (F 79)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Laid down||Aug 1927|
|Launched||27 Nov 1928|
Displacement: 12300 tons.
Served with the Mediterranean Fleet in 1939-1944 except a brief spell at Freetown in 1940. Went to the Eastern Fleet in 1944. Scrapped at Inverkeithing in February 1954.
Commands listed for HMS Resource (F 79)
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|1||Capt. William York La Roche Beverley, RN||12 May 1939||21 Feb 1940|
|2||Capt. (retired) Donal Bernard O’Connell, RN||21 Feb 1940||10 Apr 1946|
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Notable events involving Resource include:
24 Feb 1940
A fire broke out inside Freetown harbour on board the merchant vessel Bruyère (5335 GRT, built 1919). Her cargo was cotton. The fire was in no.1 hold. Fire parties from HMS Albatross (Cdr. W.G. Brittain, RN) and HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN) went aboard. HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN) went alongside to provide additional pumping capacity. The fire was under control after about five hours. (1)
4 Apr 1940
HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN) departed Freetown for Alexandria via Gibraltar and Malta. She was escorted by HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) and HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN) until the 6th when, west of Dakar, HMS Dainty (Cdr. M.S. Thomas, RN) and HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN) took over. They remained with the ship until Gibraltar. Decoy then proceeded to Dakar while Defender returned to Freetown. (1)
24 Apr 1940
The repair ship HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta. She was escorted by HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, RN) and HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN). (2)
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. (3)
- ADM 199/380
- ADM 199/2552
- ADM 199/2558
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.